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Scottish vision of independence fails to convince: polls

Published on Dec 11, 2013 9:21 PM

LONDON (REUTERS) - The Scottish government's long-awaited blueprint for independence has failed to convince voters that they will be better off ending their 306-year-old union with England, according to three new polls.

The first YouGov poll since First Minister Alex Salmond released his 670-page vision statement on Nov 26 showed on Wednesday that the proportion of Scots opposed to independence was 52 per cent, unchanged since a similar poll in September.

The poll conducted between Dec 6 and 9 showed the number backing independence had edged up one percentage point to 33 per cent with 13 per cent of voters uncertain and two percent planning not to vote at the referendum on Sept 18 next year.

That echoed an Ipsos-Mori poll on Monday showing the independence prospectus had done little to shift voter intentions, with opposition at 57 per cent, down two percentage points from September, and 34 per cent support, up three percentage points. The poll found 10 per cent of Scots undecided.

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