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Battle over Scottish independence slightly tightens in new poll

Published on Apr 16, 2014 7:58 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - The battle over Scottish independence is tightening, with a new poll on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, showing independence supporters gaining ground slightly as more Scots get involved in the debate.

The latest poll by TNS showed 29 per cent of Scots intended to vote "Yes" to independence in the Sept 18 referendum, up from 28 per cent a month ago, while 41 per cent planned to vote "No," down from 42 per cent. The remaining 30 percent were undecided.

The head of TNS Scotland, Mr Tom Costley, said the poll of 988 people showed a continuing gradual narrowing in the polls, with a gap now of 12 percentage points between the two sides compared to 19 points in September when the polling series began.

But he said more significantly, the poll found that the proportion of Scots who intend to vote in the referendum had hit a new high of 74 per cent, up from 65 per cent in September.

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