Support for Scottish independence has dropped in latest months and stands at its lowest stage for two years, in response to a ballot.
The Panelbase survey for the Sunday Times discovered 48 per cent assist for separation and 52 per cent backing for the Union when undecided voters had been excluded.
This represented a 4-level swing since a ballot performed in April produced the other outcome. It additionally confirmed the lowest assist for independence in a Panelbase ballot since 2019.
Prof Sir John Curtice, Britain’s most outstanding psephologist, mentioned the outcomes indicated “a cooling of the independence ardour” for the reason that Holyrood elections final month. Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP received a fourth time period in energy however fell one seat in need of a majority.
The ballot additionally discovered solely 19 per cent of Scots suppose there needs to be one other referendum inside the subsequent 12 months, down three factors on the final survey, whereas 35 per cent mentioned it needs to be staged inside the subsequent two to 5 years.
The remaining 46 per cent mentioned a separation vote shouldn’t be staged in the subsequent few years. A complete of 1,287 adults aged 16 and over had been surveyed between June 16 and 24.
Ms Sturgeon has mentioned she needs a referendum by autumn 2023, after the speedy well being disaster has handed however whereas Scotland remains to be recovering from the pandemic.
However, Michael Gove informed the Telegraph final week that Boris Johnson will not grant another separation vote earlier than the 2024 common election.
Prof Curtice mentioned the SNP can not afford the independence debate “to be off the boil too long” and wanted a marketing campaign to win over extra Scots.
“Otherwise, Ms Sturgeon might find herself stuck with a promise to hold a referendum that she has little hope of winning,” he informed the Sunday Times.
Pamela Nash, chief government of marketing campaign group Scotland in Union, mentioned: “The UK’s broad shoulders have helped every part of the country through this crisis, from protecting jobs to a successful vaccination programme, so it is not surprising that more people are recognising the benefits of remaining part of the UK.
“The Scottish Government ought to hearken to what voters are saying and deal with the Covid restoration, which can take many years, and never reopen outdated divisions.”
An SNP spokesman said: “The individuals of Scotland have delivered a solid-iron mandate for a contemporary independence referendum when the Covid disaster has handed.
“Scotland must have the right to decide our own future, so we can choose a better path than Boris Johnson’s shambolic Tory government and continue to build a fairer country.”