The SNP today welcomed a new Panelbase poll which puts support for a Yes vote in September at a record high in the campaign.
The poll, which appears on the front page of today’s Sunday Times, and was commissioned by the Wings Over Scotland blog, puts support for Yes at 47 per cent when 'don’t knows' are removed. When don’t knows are included, support for Yes is at 41 per cent – the highest figure yet recorded in the referendum campaign.
Welcoming the poll, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
“I am delighted to see support for a Yes vote continuing to rise - this very encouraging poll shows that it is now virtually neck and neck between Yes and No, with Yes now reaching 47 per cent. We take absolutely nothing for granted, but Yes now needs a swing of only three per cent to win, and we are confident of achieving a Yes vote in September.
“Alistair Darling and the No campaign have serious questions to answer about their bluff over the pound, but he seems to be burying his head in the sand and incapable of shifting from what is a deeply negative campaign.
“As more and more people across the country hear the case for Yes, they are realising that Scotland can, should and must be independent. With the full powers that only independence can bring, we can build a fairer, more prosperous Scotland that is no longer held back by a Westminster system that isn't working."
The attached table shows how all the pollsters have recorded a narrowing of the polls since last November: