Sunday, September 14, 2014

Global Impact: Majority of Polls Suggest That Scotland Will Vote to Remain in UK

According to The Latin American Tribune, different surveys published Sunday (September 14) point to a victory for the “No” vote in the referendum on Scottish independence from Great Britain this week, although one of them suggests that the “Yes” option would triumph.

On the last Sunday before Thursday’s referendum, The Sunday Times released a poll conducted by the Panelbase company giving a small advantage to those favoring Scotland’s remaining in the United Kingdom, 50.6%,compared to 49.4% for supporters of independence.

The broadest “No” advantage was in the Opinium poll for The Observer, the Sunday edition of the daily The Guardian, which gave 47% to the “Yes” vote and 53% to those wanting Scotland to remain in the UK.

The Opinium survey shows a similar result to that released Saturday *September 13) by Survation, which gives an 8-point advantage to the “No” option: 54% to 46%.

The survey carried out for The Sunday Telegraph by ICM, on the other hand, shows the same advantage for the “Yes” vote – 54% to 46%--according to a sample of 705 people.

COMMENT: Given the results of the new surveys, the leader of the Better Together campaign pushing for a “No” victory, Alistair Darling, expressed optimism about the upcoming vote.

“We will win and I know that because I can see our returns,” Darling, a former Labor lawmaker, told journalists. “We will doubt about it. I know, because I see them every day, our returns are good.”

First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, meanwhile, said that the “Yes” vote is gaining momentum throughout Scotland, adding that “we have a positive message” for building a more prosperous economy and a fairer society.