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Poll Suggests Majority Of Scots Want To Remain Part Of United Kingdom

01/03/2014 13:04 GMT | Updated 01/03/2014 13:59 GMT
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Embargoed to 0001 Sunday January 5.File photo dated 15/10/12 of Prime Minister David Cameron with Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond (right) as Cameron has come under renewed pressure for a public debate with Salmond following his New Year anti-independence message and a new SNP poll which suggests a substantial number of British people want to see them go head-to-head on television.

The latest polling figures on Scottish independence suggests that more than half of Scots want keep their ties to Westminster.

According to research for the Scottish Sun newspaper, more than half of Scots want the country to remain part of the UK, while just over a third support independence.

The latest study by polling firm YouGov found 53% of those surveyed wanted Scotland to continue as part of the UK.

Meanwhile 35% of people questioned said that Scotland should be an independent country.

More than one in 10 voters (12%) were undecided about how to vote in the September 18 referendum.

The poll found 56% of women questioned backed the union, while 27% of females favoured independence, with the remaining 17% undecided.

Among men support for Scotland remaining in the UK was 48% - only four points above support for a Yes vote (44%). The other 8% of men said they did not know how they would cast their vote.

The poll findings were welcomed by those campaigning for independence, as well as those who want Scotland to remain in the UK.

Better Together leader and former Chancellor Alistair Darling said the poll showed that First Minister Alex Salmond's "refusal to tell us what currency we would use if we left the UK is taking its toll" on the Yes campaign.

Mr Darling added: "While it is great that we speak for the majority of people in Scotland, we know that the only poll that matters is the one that takes place in September this year. We will fight for every vote."

Blair Jenkins, chief executive of the pro-independence campaign group Yes Scotland, said: "All recent polls have shown that Yes support is going up while No is on the way down.

"Compared to last August, Yes is up seven points and No is down seven. Our positive message that Scotland is a rich and prosperous nation and has got what it takes to be a successful and fairer country, too, is convincing more and more people than we can and should and, indeed, must be an independent country."

He added: "With more than six months to go until the vote, we are confident that with continued hard work we can persuade a majority that Scotland's future in Scotland's hands is the right thing to do."

A recent poll found that three out of five Britons want Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom.

The survey of people throughout the UK found that 62% wanted the union preserved, with just 38% supporting Scottish independence.