Support for Scottish independence from the United Kingdom has risen to a record high of 58%, an Ipsos Mori poll released on Wednesday suggested. The poll of 1,045 adults aged over 16 across Scotland, conducted from Oct 2 to 9, saw only 42% back staying in the union once undecided voters were stripped out.
Our latest poll will put a spring in the step of nationalists but makes grim reading for unionists, Emily Gray, the managing director of Ipsos MORI Scotland said.
The Scottish public have shifted even further towards supporting an independent Scotland, with record numbers now saying they would vote 'yes'.
The poll indicated strong support for the Scottish National Party (SNP) led by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who has won widespread public backing for her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some 72% of Scots are satisfied with the job Sturgeon is doing, according to the poll. Scotland, whose devolved administration in Edinburgh sets policy in areas including education, health, transport and local government, is due to hold parliamentary elections in May next year.
Gray said SNP support, buoyed by Sturgeon's high satisfaction ratings, looks very strong and would further bolster calls for another vote on independence.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly ruled out transferring the parliament powers from London to hold another referendum. The last vote, in 2014, saw Scots vote by 55% to 45% in staying together.
Sturgeon has promised to set out the terms and timing for a new independence referendum - dubbed indyref2 - before May next year.