Scottish referendum: Salmond hails ‘encouraging’ opinion poll

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond has hailed a new opinion poll on the Scottish independence referendum as “very encouraging”.w

The First Minister was reacting to a YouGov poll which shows that support for a Yes vote has risen by eight points in a month.

The No camp are now six points ahead of the Yes campaign, down from 14 points in mid-August and 22 points early last month, excluding undecided voters.

The poll found that, excluding “Don’t knows”, 53 per cent of those questioned planned to vote No, while 47 per cent would back Yes.

This compares with 57 per cent for No and 43 per cent for Yes in mid-August and 61 per cent for Yes and 39 per cent for No at the beginning of last month.

Speaking Tuesday during a visit to Eden Brewery, just outside St Andrews, Fife, Mr Salmond said: “I have always thought we would win. The polls are obviously very encouraging.”

Mr Salmond said Labour voters were moving to Yes because they do not like seeing their leaders “in bed with the Tories”.

The latest poll for the Sun and the Times questioned 1,063 respondents between August 28 and September 1.

Blair Jenkins, chief executive of Yes Scotland, said: “This breakthrough poll shows that Yes has the big momentum – it’s an all-time high for Yes support in a YouGov survey so far, and an eight-point swing from No to Yes in just three weeks.

“We only need another three-point swing to achieve a Yes for Scotland on September 18.”

Better Together campaign director Blair McDougall said: “We need the silent majority who back a No vote to do their bit.”

TDowning Street said the only poll that matters is the actual vote and insisted there would be no change in tactics.