The Nationalists Strike Back
Ipsos-Mori have polled for the Times on Scottish Independence, the changes are from their last poll in October.
The poll, which asked the same question as the one now certain to be on the referendum ballot paper next year — Should Scotland be an independent country?
Yes 34% (+4)
No 55% (-3)
Undecided 11% (-1)
What appears to be behind the increase the support in Independence is according to the Times’ article is
an extraordinary surge in support for independence among young Scots aged between 18 and 24. Last October, support was running at 27 per cent but it has more than doubled in only four months and stands at 58 per cent among an age group feeling the full force of poor employment prospects and Westminster welfare cuts.
Oddly both sides of the debate can be encouraged by this finding, the no side can point out that the one demographic that has the lowest turnout in elections, it is the 18-24 age range.
This polling reinforces the trend we’ve seen in some of the other polls this year, that shows a swing towards Independence.
Overall both sides will be comforted by this polling, the no side, still retain a substantial lead, and the Independence side have ameliorated the slide in the polls they saw in 2012, but backing for separation has still not recovered to the level it was a year ago (39 per cent).
On the ratings on how some of the politicians are viewed in Scotland, will also give comfort to the SNP and supporters for Independence.
Alex Salmond 50/43, net rating of plus 7
David Cameron 27/67, net rating of minus 40
Nicola Sturgeon 50/33, net rating of plus 17
Alastair Darling 33/32, net rating of plus 1.
In January 2012, Alex Salmond’s net rating was plus 35, and in October 2012, it was plus 10.
There was more good news for the SNP in the poll when it comes to asking voters how they would use their first vote if there was a Holyrood election tomorrow (again changes from the last Mori poll in October)
SNP 43% (+3)
Labour 35% (-)
Conservatives 13% (-)
Liberal Democrats 7% (-1)
Others 2% (-2)
The Times say there will be some more polling information released tomorrow, about “What do Scots think of the EU?”
Ipsos-Mori questioned 1,003 Scottish adults aged 18 and over, between February 4 and 9, 2013.
Updated – Data Tables can be found here