Sturgeon’s independence nightmare as new poll finds voters did NOT back SNP for referendum

SNP: Voter reveals independence isn’t reason he voted for party

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Nicola Sturgeon is demanding a second referendum on taking Scotland out of the UK. In the Holyrood parliament elections earlier this month she fell short of an absolute majority by one seat.

According to new research by Our Scottish Future some SNP voters belonged to a “middle Scotland” and weren’t committed to independence or the union.

The survey found only 54 percent of SNP voters want preparations for an independence referendum to begin immediately.

Some 20 percent of Ms Sturgeon’s vote either back the union or are undecided.

Henry Stannard and Evie Robertson, who wrote the report, emphasised the role of Scotland’s political centre-ground.

They commented: “There’s a third ‘Middle’ Scotland that neither conforms to a binary Pro-Union or Pro-Independence view of the world, but that is greater in size than either of the extremes in the constitutional debate.

“Citizens in this Middle Scotland are both primarily Scottish and meaningfully British.

“They vote in their droves for the SNP not because they want a referendum, but because the SNP appear to offer good leadership and government within a devolved state.

“They do not oppose a referendum in principle, but have deep concerns over its practicality that must be resolved.

“We hope that politicians from both sides can start listening to them.”

The polling found Scots are divided 50-50 on whether a second referendum should take place in this parliament.

Voters want the SNP to provide more details on independence and insist it can’t be the “referee and captain” in any referendum, the data suggests.

Scotland voted to remain part of the UK in 2014 by 55 percent of the vote to 45 percent.


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Ahead of the poll senior SNP figures described the vote as a “once in a generation” vote.

While she lacks a majority Ms Sturgeon is likely to get a referendum bill through Holyrood with Green support.

But Boris Johnson is urging her to focus on Scotland’s coronavirus recovery.

In total the SNP took 64 Scottish Parliament seats, a rise of one on their previous figure.

This is despite most Scots voting for pro-UK parties in the constituency vote.

The Tories secured 31, Labour 22, the Green’s eight and the Liberal Democrats four.

After the vote Ms Sturgeon said another poll on Scotland leaving the UK is “a matter of when, not if”.

She added: “If Boris Johnson wants to stop that he would have to go to court.”

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross argued there is no referendum mandate after last week’s election.

He tweeted: “The Scottish Conservatives have stopped an SNP majority, stopped indyref2 and won more votes than ever before.”

The Our Scottish Future poll surveyed 1,000 people across Scotland between 7-8 May.
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