Scottish Independence Gains Support as Referendum Date Looms

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Scottish Independence Gains Support as Referendum Date Looms
18 July 2014
, by Lukanyo Mnyanda (Bloomberg)


Scottish nationalists seeking to break away from the U.K. gained ground, cutting the lead of those in favor of the union to nine percentage points with two months left before the vote, according to a monthly poll.

Support for staying in the U.K. fell one percentage point to 41% while backing for independence gained two points to 32%, the survey by TNS published today showed.

The proportion of undecided voters slipped one point to 27%. The lead of the pro-union campaign has dropped 10 points since the poll began in September, TNS said.

Scotland holds a referendum on Sept. 18, with the main political parties in London united in their opposition to the nationalists led by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. Polls have consistently shown the nationalists trailing behind the campaign to preserve the 307-year-old union, though enough people are undecided to cause an upset.

Among those who said they were certain to participate in the referendum, 46% plan to say No to independence and 37% Yes, TNS said.

In the same category, the proportion of undecided voters fell to 18% from 22%, Tom Costley, head of TNS Scotland, said in an e-mailed statement.

The question of which currency a new Scottish state would use is one of the central points of disagreement.

Prime Minister David Cameron has ruled out sharing the pound, while nationalists are threatening to walk away from Scotlandís liabilities unless he changes his mind.

That would increase Britainís debt as a proportion of gross domestic product.

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