Survey finds 59 per cent favour Scottish independence following Brexit

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27th June 2016 12:10 - Central Government

A recent central government survey has revealed that approximately 59 per cent of Scottish people said that they would vote to leave Britain in a second independence referendum.Survey finds 59 per cent favour Scottish independence following Brexit

The market research was conducted just hours after the EU referendum result was confirmed and perhaps supports Nicola Sturgeon’s prospect of another independence referendum, with the Scottish National Party’s business convener, Derek MacKay claiming that the survey can be seen as a “Strong endorsement of the actions of the First Minister”.

The Brexit survey was conducted on Friday 24th June and was distributed to a representative sample of 1,600 adults from across Scotland.

In the market research, the survey respondents were asked: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”. Of the sample, 59 per cent said yes and 32 per cent said no and the other 9 per cent were not sure.

A figure of 73 per cent of the respondents under the age of 25 said that they were in favour of Scotland becoming independent, with the over-65 age group being the only demographic whereby less than 50 per cent supported independence.

The respondents were also asked: “In light of the EU referendum result, were you more or less supportive of Scottish independence?”. Of the participants, 50 per cent said that they were more supportive of Scottish independence, following the Brexit. A further 17 per cent said that they were now less supportive and the remaining percentage said that their view had not changed.

When the respondents were asked if Sturgeon’s plea to remain in the European Union was the right decision, 62 per cent said that they agreed with her. A further 33 per cent said that it was wrong and 6 per cent said that they were not certain.

As well as this, 62 per cent said that the power to hold an independence referendum should be handed over to Holyrood, as it is currently reserved only to Westminster. Just 31 per cent of the respondents were against this.

The researchers also asked the respondents to rate the performance of the political leaders during the EU referendum campaign. Nigel Farage and Jeremy Corbyn were ranked the lowest, whereas Nicola Sturgeon came out on top.

The research respondents were also questioned about what they think will happen to the European Union now that England and Wales have voted to exit. Of the respondents, 56 per cent said that they believe other countries will look to hold their own referendum, whereas 31 per cent feel that it will continue as normal without the United Kingdom. As well as this, 7 per cent said that they believe that the EU will expand its membership to make up for the loss of the United Kingdom, whereas a further 7 per cent feel that the European Union will collapse.

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