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Scots are far less likely to back independence if they believe it will cause public spending to drop, the introduction of a hard border, or the pound being replaced, a new poll has found.
A survey carried out by Survation on behalf of pro-UK campaign group Scotland in Union found that 50 per cent of those asked would be less likely to vote Yes in a referendum if it meant their personal income was reduced.
Respondents were given a number of scenarios around the question: ‘If you thought the following scenarios were likely to occur as a result of Scottish independence, would this make you more or less likely to vote for independence?’.
The introduction of a hard border between Scotland and England could dominate any future referendum campaign.
41 per cent of the people asked in the survey said they would be less likely to vote for independence, compared to 17 who would be more likely if border posts were put up.
If people knew that taxes would increase following independence then 45 per cent of the 1,040 people asked said they would be less likely to vote ‘Yes’, while 36 per cent said they would be neither more or less likely.
The Scotland in Union poll comes days after Nicola Sturgeon’s campaign to end the Union has received a boost.
A survey found a narrow majority in favour of Scottish independence.
The survey, by pollsters Opinium, asked 883 people how they would vote if the referendum question asked was ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’.
Once don’t knows were excluded from the total, 51% said they would vote Yes and 49% said they would vote No.
Here’s all you need to know about the Scotland in Union poll: