Interesting from the Glasgow Herald…
A third of Scots would be less likely to vote SNP if the party promises another independence referendum in its Holyrood election manifesto, according to a new poll.
The Survation poll for the Daily Mail found that such a pledge would make 31% more likely to vote for the party while 36% said it would make no difference.
It comes after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday said the SNP will set out the timescale for a possible second referendum on independence in its manifesto for next year’s Holyrood election.
Scotland’s First Minister confirmed the party’s manifesto will include more details on the circumstances under which another vote might be ”appropriate”.
The study also found a slim majority of Scots still support the union.
More than half (51%) of those questioned said Scotland should not be an independent country while 49% backed independence, when undecided voters were removed.
Slim to non-existent I’d say. But still, many of the tough economic issues blocking Scotland’s path to freedom haven’t changed. And the oil price has to be a strong disincentive to calling one too quickly.
Whilst I’m sceptical, I’ve seen a fair few Scots nationalists suggest Corbyn could roll back some of the gains of the Westminster election in next year’s Scottish Parliamentary elections.
The people are nothing, if not volatile and vulnerable to good bottom up campaigning.
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