Polls undertaken by survey companies on behalf of The Sunday Times revealed UK voting habits across the four nations of the United Kingdom to gauge attitudes towards the Union. In Scotland, polls found 49 percent backed independence compared to 44 percent against – a margin of 52 percent to (percent if the undecided) are excluded.)
In Northern Ireland, 49 percent still want to remain in the UK, with 42 percent in favor of a United Ireland and a significant proportion – 16 percent
However, asked if they supported a referendum on a United Ireland within the next five years, percent said yes compared to 44 percent who were against.
Some 31 percent still backed le aving in the UK in Wales, however, while 42 percent supported a referendum.
Polls also explored Scottish voting habits ahead of crucial elections to the Scottish Parliament in May.
Polls found the SNP way ahead on the percent – up seven points since the last elections in 2016 – while the Tories were down six points on (percent, with Labor down five points on) percent.
The poll is the 20 th in support for independence across the UK with the SNP rubbing their hands at the results.
Professor Sir John Curtice warned the Union foundation in Scotland and Northern Ireland was “fragile.”
The Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde said: “In Scotland, our poll confirms the message of other surveys that there is now a narrow majority in favor of the independence: the first time the Union has consistently been behind in the independence polls.
“At the same time, more people would be pleased than upset if Scotland were to leave the Union. ”
However, Professor Sir John warned the financial consequences of leaving the Union for Scots was a drawback despite “their doubts about Brexit”.
Meanwhile, in England, Professor Sir John said there was “still little or no appetite for the country to be left on its own.”
He said: “About half would be upset if England, Scotland and Wales were to separate, while only about one in eight would be pleased. ”
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It comes as the SNP revealed a “roadmap to a referendum” on Scottish independence, setting out how they intend to take forward their plans for a second vote
Mike Russell, the Scottish Government’s Constitution Secretary, will present the 11 – point document to the party’s policy forum this afternoon.
It says a “legal r eferendum “will be held after the pandemic if there is a pro-majority independence following May’s election.
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon claimed Boris Johnson was” frightened of democracy. ” for refusing a second independence vote this morning.
Ms Sturgeon claimed the PM “fears the verdict and the will of the Scottish people” as she quoted the famous Robert Burns poem, Saying he is a “wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim’rous beastie.”
She added on BBC Andrew Marr: “The polls want a majority of people in Scotland independence.
“Boris Johnson fears the verdict and the will of the Scottish people.”
Panelbase polled 1 , 206 adults resident in Scotland between January 21 – 25 , YouGov polled 1, 416 English adults between January 19 and 20, and 1, 059 people in Wales aged 16 and over between January 20 and 23.
Meanwhile, Lucidtalk polled 2, 823 people in Northern Ireland aged 19 and over between January 18 and 18.