A majority of Scots would vote for independence now: Poll

A supporter of the 'Yes' campaign stands outside a polling station during the referendum on Scottish independence in Pitlochry, Scotland on Sept 18, 2014. A majority of Scots would back independence if another referendum were held today, according to
A supporter of the 'Yes' campaign stands outside a polling station during the referendum on Scottish independence in Pitlochry, Scotland on Sept 18, 2014. A majority of Scots would back independence if another referendum were held today, according to a poll published on Saturday, just six weeks after Scotland voted against leaving the United Kingdom -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - A majority of Scots would back independence if another referendum were held today, according to a poll published on Saturday, just six weeks after Scotland voted against leaving the United Kingdom.

The YouGov poll for the Times newspaper put support for independence at 52 per cent against 48 per cent who wanted to stay in the union. By including those who would not vote or do not know, the split was 49 per cent in favour of a split and 45 per cent against.

In September's referendum, 55 per cent of Scots voted against independence.

The opinion poll also brought more bad news for the leader of Britain's opposition Labour party, Ed Miliband, who hopes to oust Conservative leader David Cameron as prime minister in next May's national election.

Among Scots overall, only 22 per cent surveyed by YouGov thought Labour represented Scotland's views and interests well while 65 per cent thought it represented them badly.

In the past week, Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont has resigned and another survey has suggested Labour faces virtual annihilation in Scotland at the hands of the pro-independence Scottish National Party - which controls the devolved parliament in Edinburgh - if an election were held now.

Lamont quit after accusing the Labour party of treating Scotland as a "branch office", a charge Miliband denied.

Labour has traditionally dominated Scottish politics and won 41 of 59 Scottish seats in the British parliament in the last national election in 2010.

In the run-up to the independence referendum, politicians from all Britain's major parties promised Scots a much greater say in their own affairs if they rejected secession, but have since squabbled over how to follow through on their promises.

The United Kingdom comprises England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. England is home to about 85 per cent of the total UK population.