A new poll released by a local television channel has revealed that the people of Scotland would vote for independence from the United Kingdom (UK) if a referendum was held today.
The poll by STV’s Ipsos MORI showed that 53 percent of Scots would vote in favour of independence, while 44 percent would vote to remain part of the UK. Three percent of those surveyed, meanwhile, were undecided.
Although 55.3 percent of Scots voted “No” in last year’s independence referendum, which was organised by the Scottish National Party (SNP), as opposed to 44.7 percent of Scots who voted “Yes,” 58 percent of those surveyed by STV said that they would like to see a second referendum held within the next ten years.
The findings come after a separate survey conducted by Sky News earlier this year found that the younger generation in Scotland may vote for independence in the future, with 55 percent of Scots expressing the belief that Scotland will become independent in their lifetime.
In the UK’s general election in May, the pro-independence SNP took all but three constituencies in Scotland, gaining a total of 56 seats in the UK parliament.
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, who took over from Alex Salmond last year after his “Yes” campaign failed to win over the majority of Scots in the last referendum, may now be pressured to include plans for a second referendum in her party’s manifesto ahead of the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.
Sturgeon had previously ruled out a second referendum unless there was a “material change” in circumstances.
Following the SNP’s success in the general elections in May, Sturgeon did not mention plans for another referendum but said that Scots had "voted for change and that has to be heeded."
"What we will argue for is priority devolution of powers over business taxes, employment, the minimum wage, welfare, because these are the levers we need to grow our economy faster; to get more people into work paying taxes and lifting people out of poverty," she said.
However, a spokesman from 10 Downing Street speaking on behalf of Prime Minister David Cameron at the time said there were no plans to increase power for Scotland.
In a speech given in May, Prime Minister Cameron also ruled out a second Scottish vote on independence.
"There isn't going to be another referendum. We had the referendum and the SNP aren't pushing for another referendum, actually. Nicola Sturgeon said that vote in the General Election was not about another referendum,” Cameron said.