A majority of Scots would back independence if another referendum were held this Sunday, according to a public opinion poll, just six weeks after Scotland voted against leaving the United Kingdom.
The YouGov poll for the Times newspaper put support for independence at 52% against 48% who wanted to stay in the union. By including those who would not vote or do not know, the split was 49% favor of a split and 45% against.
In September's referendum, 55% of Scots voted against independence.
The opinion poll that was published on Sunday also brought more bad news for the leader of Britain's opposition Labor party, Ed Miliband, who hopes to oust Conservative leader David Cameron as prime minister in next May's national election.
Among Scots overall, only 22% surveyed by YouGov thought Labor represented Scotland's views and interests well while 65% thought it represented them badly.
In the past week, Scottish Labor leader Johann Lamont has resigned and another survey has suggested Labor faces virtual annihilation in Scotland at the hands of the pro-independence Scottish National Party, which controls the devolved parliament in Edinburgh, if an election were held now.
Lamont quit after accusing the Labor party of treating Scotland as a branch office, a charge Miliband denied.
Labor has traditionally dominated Scottish politics and won 41 of 59 Scottish seats in the British parliament in the last national election in 2010.
In the run-up to the independence referendum, politicians from all Britain's major parties promised Scots a much greater say in their own affairs if they rejected secession, but have since squabbled over how to follow through on their promises.
The United Kingdom comprises England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. England is home to about 85% of the total UK population.