Poll boost to Better Together campaign

A new poll on Scottish independence suggests that undecided voters have moved to No since the last ICM poll in January.

Polls come and polls go, and one thing which has become clear is that when it comes to Scottish independence you pick your poll and take your choice; but all the polls ultimately do is set the tone.

And no more so than today.

As both the UK and Scottish Cabinet prepare to meet in Aberdeen, the No campaign has the wind in its sails.

If either the prime minister or first minister decide to take a cursory glance at the city’s local paper, the Aberdeen Press and Journal, David Cameron would be forgiven for having a wry smile on his face.

A survey conducted by the paper after the chancellor’s speech opposing currency union with an independent Scotland last week has found that 65 per cent of respondents intend to reject independence in September’s referendum, compared with 17 per cent who said they would vote yes and 18 per cent who were undecided.

The findings mirror those of a poll published by Scotland on Sunday yesterday and conducted by ICM. It suggested that undecided voters, seen as such a crucial group for the referendum, have moved to No since the last ICM poll in January, with a five-point swing from ‘don’t know’ (down from 19 per cent to 14 per cent) to No (up from 44 per cent to 49 per cent) while support for independence remains stuck at 37 per cent.

As we continue on this new, more intense phase of the referendum campaign, it remains Alex Salmond and the SNP that have most ground to make up.

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