Scots don't believe No campaign more powers pledge

Published on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 10:44
Written by Vicki Mitchem

With fewer than 500 days to go until the independence referendum, the people of Scotland do not believe the No campaign's promises of more powers if they vote against independence, a new poll has found.

The YouGov poll commissioned by the SNP found that only a third of voters think the No campaign has made a convincing case that more powers would be devolved, should there be a No vote.

In the run-up to the 1979 referendum, No campaigners famously promised Scots a 'better form of devolution' in return for a No vote – which never materialised.

Commenting on the poll, SNP MSP Annabelle Ewing – who sits on the Referendum Bill Committee - said:

"This is a very important finding, because it demonstrates that just a third of people in Scotland believe the No campaign's case that more powers would follow a No vote.

"And the Westminster agenda is now being driven by UKIP south of the border - which is just as hostile to Scottish self-government as it is to Europe.

"This poll reinforces that the sure and certain way for Scotland to gain the powers we need to build a fairer society and stronger economy is with a Yes vote in September 2014."

The YouGov poll was sampled from 1-3 May, among 1,006 adults in Scotland:

"Thinking about the independence debate so far and what you have heard from the No campaign.

"How convincing a case, if at all, do you think the No campaign have made to persuade you that Scotland would gain more devolved powers if there was a No vote in the referendum?"

Very convincing: 11%
Fairly convincing: 22%

Not very convincing: 25%
Not convincing at all: 22%

Don't know: 20%

Source: SNP


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