By Martin Kelly
A new poll on Scottish independence has found support amongst those opposed has dropped below fifty per cent.
The findings of an opinion poll in the Sunday Express have suggested that the gap is narrowing between the Yes and No campaigns with undecided voters poised to determine the outcome.

The Angus Reid poll shows that support for a Yes vote remains steady at 34% whilst support for the Union has fallen by 3% to 47% since the company’s last survey.  Those yet to decide stood at 17% whilst 2% said they would not vote.

In addition, the poll also found that nearly a third of Labour voters back independence, along with nearly a quarter of Lib Dem supporters.  On the basis of the Angus Reid poll the Yes campaign need a swing of 6.5% to secure victory.

The poll also found that, on the issue of the referendum, people in Scotland trust First Minister Alex Salmond more than anti-independence campaign leader Alistair Darling.  Mr Salmond was backed by 34% of the respondents against 27% who opted for the former Chancellor.

The results were welcomed by the SNP with the party's Business Convener Derek Mackay MSP describing them as "encouraging".

The SNP MSP claimed the poll was proof that "damaging and ridiculous scare stories" from the No campaign were not working and that they were damaging their own support.

Mr Mackay added: "With senior Tory MSP Jackson Carlaw having recently described the anti-independence campaign's scare stories as 'silly', it is clear to see that Project Fear is simply not working.

"People want to hear the positive vision for Scotland that we on the Yes side are setting out, not to be talked down to by those opposed to Scotland making our own decisions.

"With the powers of an independent Scotland we can build the kind of fairer, more prosperous country that we all want to live in.

"That is what a Yes vote in next year’s referendum will allow us to do and it is why we are confident that support for Scotland making our own decisions will grow further in the weeks and months ahead."


# weegie38 2013-08-25 16:27
Most of these polls are nonsense at this stage. The level of undecideds is much higher, as many of the No's (probably some Yes voters too) will freely admit to being not yet fully informed.
# cynicalHighlander 2013-08-25 18:55
This one had only 549 respondents giving 10%/+- margin of error.

Angus Reid/Sunday Express Poll Shows Little Change:

Strange how the MSM will only publish certain polls that suit their agenda.
# CharlieObrien 2013-08-25 16:52
All need to be told that Scotland needs all of us and wants all of us.Only independence will take us forward,staying the same means just that no progress.
# jdman 2013-08-26 06:02
I think all these slanted polls are achieving is to strengthen the commitment of the yes camp and putting the no camp into a false sense of security,its much closer than they would want people to think.
# proudscot 2013-08-26 09:16
I wonder how many of the tens of thousands signing up for the many YES Scotland groups across the country have been polled? It seems to me that these polls are similar to the ones produced in the run-up to the 2011 Holyrood election. As we all know now, the actual result was very different to the pollsters' predictions!
# robbo 2013-08-26 12:55
Slight correction: Support for No has remained the same, Yes has increased 2% points. So a similar effect.
# call me dave 2013-08-26 20:05
By Invitation only:
The latest 'Better Together' PUBLIC meeting on 31st August is at ???.

Nobody knows because it's a secret, to be revealed at short notice to those and such as those. It's invitation only if you are prepared to go through a selection and vetting process. YES folk need not apply.

Elsewhere many reports of the NO's turning up at local events complaining about the YES stalls and campaign literature, claiming that it's not fair as it's creating an imbalance in the debate. NO's bullying YES folk and getting the polis in.

It's democracy, but not as we know it.
That's because there is only an empty shell round the fragile NO team supported by a section of the Scottish public that haven't woken up yet.

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