According to an opinion poll, 54% of Scots would vote no in an independence referendum.
In Scotland’s first voting intention poll, released in 2023, support for a yes vote was 46% when ‘don’t know’ was removed.
It comes after a series of polls that put yes or no on the question of independence in late 2022.
The latest survey was conducted by Survation for consultancy firm True North, surveying 1,002 Scots between 10 and 12 January.
Polling professor Sir John Curtice said the poll also showed pessimism about Scotland’s economic prospects.
He said: “Following on from polling conducted shortly before Christmas that pointed in the same direction, today’s poll suggests that the spike in support for independence registered after the Supreme Court judgement on indyref2 has proven to be temporary,” reports Breaking News.
Professor Curtice said most voters expect the cost-of-living crisis to get worse.
He said: “In truth, voters are far from convinced that either the Scottish or the UK Government has the right policies to turn things around, though they are particularly sceptical about the policies emanating from Westminster. Not least of the reasons is that around seven in 10 Scots (71%) think that the cost of living crisis is going to get worse and they are far from convinced that that the windfall tax on energy companies has been effective in reducing their bills,” reports Breaking News.
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