A newly published poll suggests support for Scottish independence may have overtaken backing for the Union.
The poll result shows 58.7% of voters in Scotland now support independence with 41.3% backing the Union. However independence supporters should treat the figure with caution as the result is based on a 175 strong Scottish subsample of a much larger UK wide survey of 2013 people.
The survey was carried out by ORB International on behalf of the Telegraph newspaper and polled respondents between March 15-16th. It asked the question: “Do you support or oppose Scotland becoming an independent country and leaving the UK?”
Of the 175 Scottish based respondents, 103 backed independence with 72 opting to remain part of the Union.
The UK wide survey also showed most people believe Brexit is more important than the potential break-up of the Union. Nearly 60% rated the UK leaving the European Union more important than Scotland becoming independent. Only 26.6% disagreed.
Asked if they would still back Brexit even if it led to Scottish independence, more than half – 50.5% – said they would against 37.8% who took a different view.