Scotland decides: YouGov poll puts support for Scottish independence at 46 per cent

Young voters leave a polling station in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, Scotland, on Sept 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Young voters leave a polling station in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, Scotland, on Sept 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

EDINBURGH (REUTERS) - Support for Scottish independence amounts to 46 per cent of the electorate with 54 per cent wanting to stay in the United Kingdom, according to a poll by YouGov carried out on the day of the referendum.

YouGov contacted Scots it had previously canvassed in recent days and its survey is not akin to a full exit poll.

Just under two weeks ago, it produced a poll that briefly put the independence campaign ahead, sending shockwaves through the British establishment.

YouGov research manager Laurence Janta-Lipinski said the organisation's last poll had picked up a "small but significant late swing from Yes to No on polling day".

"This YouGov poll indicates the union has prevailed - it certainly looks more comfortable than it did 10 days ago," Janta-Lipinski told Reuters.

"It look like the union will remain intact for the time being."