Nicola Sturgeon has bit hit by a new humiliating blow as a poll today confirmed that a majority of Scots do not support her push for independence. The results by Savanta ComRes for the Scotsman, reveal that there has been a drop in support for the SNP’s central policy since the Supreme Court ruled that the Scottish Parliament did not have the legal power to hold its own referendum.
The results of the latest poll shows that 46 percent are against independence while 44 percent are in favour.
This would give a result of 51 percent to 49 percent in a referendum closer than the 55 percent to 45 percent in the referendum in 2014.
ComRes Savanta insisted that the result was “too close to call” but it did not produce the surge which the SNP had been hoping for after last month’s court ruling.
Meanwhile, 9 percent still remain undecided but the poll also revealed that support for the SNP is also ebbing away.
If there was an election for Westminster tomorrow the SNP still have the most support with 43 percent but this is down three points on previous polls.
Labour, who have had a revival under Anas Sarwar, are second on 30 percent while the Conservatives are a distant third on 19 percent.
Commenting on the findings, Chris Hopkins, Political Research Director at Savanta said: “Many pollsters have shown Yes leads recently, but the bulk of them – especially the larger ones – have come off the back of the Supreme Court ruling, a ruling which is likely to have made polling a little noisy and more volatile than usual. Now the dust has settled, we’re showing no change from our previous poll at the beginning of October, showing the most marginal of No leads but, really, the race would be too close to call were a referendum tomorrow.”
“This remains a good position for the SNP and the Yes camp to be in.
“Given views across Scotland are so entrenched on the issue of independence, I can only really foresee an actual referendum campaign moving the needle and swinging the pendulum the way of whoever makes the more convincing argument between unionists and those advocating for Scottish independence.
“What remains, then, is the issue of if – or when – a second referendum could possibly take place.”
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Rishi Sunak has repeated the message of his predecessors Boris Johnson and Liz Truss that he would not agree to a second referendum which the Supreme Court established needs to be voted on in Westminster.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has also insisted his party would not do a deal with the SNP although concerns remain that he may be forced to allow a referendum for SNP votes in a hung parliament after the next election.
The poll results came out as it emerged that Ms Sturgeon had blown £250,000 of taxpayers’ money on the Scottish Government’s legal bid to be allowed to initiate an independence referendum.
Scottish Conservative constitution spokesman Donald Cameron said: “Taxpayers will be appalled that this significant sum of their money has been frittered away by the SNP.
“The fact legal experts said they were destined to lose makes it all the worse.