Vast Majority of Voters Back Scotland’s Choice

Today’s Survation poll shows that people in Scotland overwhelmingly back the SNP’s plans to give them a choice over their future.

61% of people think the Scottish Parliament should have the right to decide whether Scotland has a future referendum on independence, with 56% also believing that Holyrood should set the timescale for that to happen — a clear rejection of Tory attempts to prevent the people of Scotland having that choice.

The poll also reveals a clear majority think Westminster should not block another referendum if democratically agreed and voted for by the Scottish Parliament.

The poll has been published on the day the First Minister will write to the UK Government to begin discussions on a referendum.

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Commenting on the poll, Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan said:

“The message this sends to the UK Tory government is clear — if they try to block a referendum they will be acting against the wishes of the people of Scotland.

“People overwhelmingly want Holyrood, not Westminster, to make the decision to give people the choice over their future and when that choice should be offered to them. In short a referendum should be “Made in Scotland”.

“The Prime Minister is stuck on repeat with her ‘now is not the time’ refrain. We agree with that, people should be able to choose Scotland’s future in 18 months’ time when the terms of the Brexit deal are known.

“Prolonging any attempt to stop people from having their say over their future is undemocratic, unsustainable and run the risk of public opinion in Scotland turning even more sharply against Prime Minister.”

 

Notes:

Survation Poll Results

Sample size: 1,014

Fieldwork dates: 28th – 29th March 2017

Method: Scottish adults aged 16+ interviewed by telephone

 

Q1. Who do you think should have the right to decide if there should be a referendum in Scotland that would allow the people of Scotland to choose between Brexit and Independence? Should it be….

The Scottish Parliament        53%

The Westminster Parliament    35%

Don’t know                12%

 

Excluding Don’t know:

The Scottish Parliament        61%

The Westminster Parliament    39%

 

Q2. Who do you think should have the right to decide the timing of a referendum in Scotland that would allow the people of Scotland to choose between Brexit and Independence, if it were to happen? Should it be…

The Scottish Parliament        50%

The Westminster Parliament    39%

Don’t know                11%

Excluding Don’t know:

The Scottish Parliament        56%

The Westminster Parliament    44%

 

Q3. Do you think the Westminster Parliament should have the right to block a plan for a referendum in Scotland, even if it is agreed on and voted for by the Scottish Parliament?

Yes            39%

No            54%

Don’t know    7%

 

Excluding Don’t know:

Yes        42%

No        58%

 

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