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'Only 1/3 want independence!' Nicola Sturgeon rattled over Scottish IndyRef2 support

News'Only 1/3 want independence!' Nicola Sturgeon rattled over Scottish IndyRef2 support


Nicola Sturgeon has persisted in demands for another independence referendum for Scotland despite an apparent lack of support from the Scottish people. A recent opinion poll of Scottish voters suggested only one-third supported the SNP’s persistent calls for independence. The First Minister of Scotland promised a further independence referendum would be delivered to the Scottish people following the end of the Covid pandemic.

Radio 4 presenter Martha Kearney challenged the SNP leader with polling evidence that Scotland does not thoroughly support her insistence on an additional referendum.

Ms Kearney explained: “Holding another independence referendum by the end of 2023, that’s stressed in your election manifesto for these elections – does success mean greater determination to push a referendum through?”

Ms Sturgeon responded: “Not really, because I’m pretty determined to do that.”

“The language you used there was a bit pejorative ‘push it through.’

“I stood for reelection as First Minister this time last year on the proposition that I would seek to have an independence referendum within the first half of this parliamentary term.”

Reflecting on the most recent election, Ms Sturgeon said: “Of course, my party back then won a historically high share of the votes.

“What we seek to do is implement and exercise that democratic mandate.”

Ms Kearney challenged the SNP leader: “Well no, the most recent opinion poll did say that only a third of voters support the idea – that’s according to a poll out at the beginning of April.

Ms Sturgeon deflected the suggestions of the broadcaster: “You’ll find different findings and opinion polls depending on exactly how that question is framed.

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“I think it would be best for Scotland and also include the best way for Scotland to exercise constructive influence internationally as well.”

She continued: “Ultimately it is for people in Scotland to decide.”

According to polling data collected by the Economist, only one-third of Scottish people want another referendum.

The SNP’s campaign for Scottish independence suffered a chronic defeat in the 2014 referendum for independence in which 55 percent of Scots voted to remain within the United Kingdom.



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