ITV BORDER POLL REVEALS SOUTH SCOTLAND VOTERS ARE SAYING 'NO THANKS' TO SEPARATION
Local politicians have welcomed the latest poll for the South of Scotland which shows that overwhelming majority of people intend to vote No in the independence referendum.
The poll, commissioned by ITV Border’s political programme “Representing Border" and conducted by the polling company ComRes, show among likely voters 61% would vote no, 26% would vote yes and 13% of those asked did not yet know how they would vote. This is a 2% rise for both the no and yes votes. When don’t knows are excluded, the no vote is even stronger with 70% of voters saying No and only 30% of voters saying yes.
Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown said:
“There is a still a huge amount of work to be done to deliver the positive case for Scotland remaining within the UK but this poll is good news for the No campaign. The yes campaign seems totally oblivious to the strong links the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway has with the north of England and this is very much reflected in the poll results. It is also a powerful no thanks to the SNP vision of a Scotland where more and more services are ripped out of the South of Scotland and moved into the central belt. People locally recognise that our region can have the best of both worlds: a strong Scottish Parliament but within a secure and stable UK. They do not want to put that at risk by taking a leap into the unknown with independence”.
Commenting on the latest poll, Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said:
“This poll is very much in line with what we hear when talking with local people. They do not want Scotland to become a separate country. They know that we benefit from being part of the UK and they realise that further devolution is where Scotland’s future lies. All of the main political parties in both the UK and Scottish Parliament support devolving further powers to Scotland. They do not see why they should risk the pound, their jobs and their pensions just to fulfil Alex Salmond’s dream. Although this poll is very promising, there is no room for complacency and we will continue to make the positive case for staying as part of the UK.”
Commenting Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell said:
“This poll very much echoes what we have been hearing on the doorstep and shows that the No Campaign has the momentum with less than 100 days to go. More importantly it shows that our positive case for the United Kingdom is resonating with voters and that Yes Scotland are not able to give our communities the reassurance or answers they need. We are being asked to take a massive gamble and I am not surprised that here in this part of the world where many jobs and livelihoods are dependent on cross border trade and co-operation that local people are saying ‘No Thanks’ to Alex Salmond and the Yes Campaign.”
Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland Jim Hume said:
“The results of this poll show that people in South Scotland are saying a confident ‘no thanks’ to independence which reflects what people are saying to me on the doorsteps, but we mustn’t be complacent. Every single voice and every single vote will count come September.
“It’s now widely accepted that voting to keep Scotland as part of a strong United Kingdom will bring about further powers for the Scottish Parliament, in particular in the areas of fiscal responsibility and social security, and indeed Scottish Liberal Democrats have led that debate.”
“Voters are rejecting the uncertainty currently being offered by the SNP.”