Polls and Petitions

Good News As Latest Poll Shows Almost 60% of Scots Want to Remain in the UK.

A landmark opinion poll marking the fifth anniversary of the Scottish independence referendum has revealed that 59% of voters want to remain in the UK now, up from 55% in 2014. There is also an extremely low level of support for holding another indyref in the future as most people polled believed it would leave Scotland even more divided. Also, despite being one of two ‘Yes’ enclaves in 2014, 60 of Glaswegians polled would now vote against seceding from the UK.

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Latest Polling Data Shows 51% In Favor of Staying in The Union

Polling data by Scotland in Union shows that 51% of Scots would vote to stay in the Union with the rest of the UK. This slim margin demonstrates how precarious the situation is if Scotland held another indyref in the near future.

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Scottish Referendum Bill: Petition for a two thirds majority vote – official Scottish Parliament Petition

Mark Openshaw, a founding member of Scotland Matters, has been busy liaising with the Clerks and Petitions Office of the Scottish Parliament and the final result of the work done so far is that the Finance and Constitution Committee will begin taking evidence on the Referendums (Scotland) Bill from the 4th of September. The Parliament has agreed to a Stage 1 deadline of the 8th of November for this. This means that by around this date, the Committee will have published a report on its consideration of the Bill, explaining the evidence received. After this date, the Bill will be debated in the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament.  

Scotland Matters has also developed a referendum charter that can be viewed by clicking here. This charter outlines that any future referendum should be a two stage process, should have a larger mandate for success and the question asked should not be a simple ‘No’ ‘Yes’ answer.

You can sign the petition by clicking the box below. Please be aware that this is an official Scottish Government petition which means it has to be considered by the Petitions Committee. 

PE01754: Ensure any referendum on constitutional change has a two thirds majority for it to succeed

Closing Date for Online Petition: 30 September 2019 Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to ensure that any referendum advocating constitutional change should have at least a two thirds majority for it to succeed. Sign Online To add your signature in support of this petition, simply complete the form below.

You can also write to the Petition Committee members by clicking here or to the members of the Finance and Constitution Committee by clicking here

Some Recent Articles on the Issue:

Plan to hold Scottish independence vote in 2020 thrown into doubt

Nicola Sturgeon’s preference for holding another referendum on Scottish independence in the second half of next year has been put in doubt after the Electoral Commission recommended a gap of at least nine months between the completion of the required legislation and polling day.

Some recent letters:

Letter in Scottish Daily Express on the wording of another independence referendum.

Recent Polls

Lord Ashcroft: My new Scotland poll. Yes to Independence takes the lead.

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC is an international businessman, philanthropist, author and pollster. For more information about his work, visit www.lordashcroft.com and www.lordashcroftpolls.com. In the wake of Boris Johnson’s visit to Edinburgh last week, I polled Scots to measure support for a second independence referendum and to gauge opinion on independence itself.

Scottish independence: Yes vote climbs to 49% | YouGov

With the SNP spring conference taking place this weekend party members will no doubt be pleased to hear that a new YouGov/Times poll finds support for Scottish independence at its highest point since February 2015, with the two sides virtually neck and neck on 49% for Yes and 51% for No.