As we mark the anniversary of the day that people in Scotland chose to remain in the UK and rejected the SNP’s negative vision, we continue to campaign against another divisive referendum.
This week, we have published new polling from Survation which shows a majority of people in Scotland agree that a second contest is not a priority. In fact, nearly two-thirds of people said another referendum is not a priority at this time. It’s time for Nicola Sturgeon to start listening to the people of Scotland.
Here are some of the poll’s key findings:
63% said ‘a second independence referendum is not a priority at this time’. Even among SNP voters in the 2019 General Election, 35% said a second independence referendum is not a priority at this time.
Asked about next year’s Scottish Parliament election, 72% said the election debate ‘should be primarily focused on the economy and public services ahead of other issues such as Scottish independence’.
Asked to choose the most important issues currently facing Scotland, 58% said COVID-19 response and public health; 50% said NHS and social care; 41% said the economy; and only 11% said constitutional affairs and independence.
Voters are less likely to support leaving the UK if there is a risk of losing the pound, a hard border with England and cuts to public services.
People are less likely to back independence if a separate Scotland is outside both the UK and the EU for several years.
Respondents were then asked how they would vote in a referendum with the question ‘should Scotland remain in the United Kingdom or leave the United Kingdom’.
After considering the issues put forward, 56% said they would vote to remain in the UK and 44% would vote to leave, when undecided voters were excluded.
The polling shows that we are on the side of the majority of Scots. But we are up against a vocal and well-funded nationalist campaign which wants to divide our country. The work we do to stand up for the people of Scotland would not be possible without the generous help of our supporters. Thank you for your continued support.
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