Support for Scottish independence from rest of UK slumps

April 30th, 2008 - 2:48 pm ICT by admin  

London, Apr.30 (ANI): Support for the independence of Scotland from the rest of the United Kingdom is at an all-time low, with fewer than one in five voters wanting the break up.
A YouGov poll conducted for The Daily Telegraph, shows that only 19 per cent of Scots would support independence in a three-option referendum.
Nearly three quarters backed keeping a devolved Parliament, either with its present powers or with more responsibilities.
In another blow for Scotlands First Minister Alex Salmond, the poll shows that more Scots blame him rather than Westminster for the rows that have broken out between the two since last May.
The Scotland National Party’s support in a snap Holyrood and general election has soared over the past year, but nowhere near the amount required meeting Salmond’s target of taking 20 Westminster seats.
The First Minister’s personal approval ratings are also streets ahead of his counterparts in the Unionist parties, with more than half of Scots thinking he is doing a good job.
There is also no sign of a Conservative revival, with a majority saying the so-called “Cameron effect” would have no effect or even make them less likely to back the party.
Last night political experts said that the poll findings were a huge setback for Salmond’s strategy of increasing support for independence by governing well at Holyrood.
Instead, they suggested that the results indicated that Scots were happier than ever with having their own parliament but still being part of the United Kingdom. (ANI)

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