Poll: Support for Scottish independence rises to 55%

Panelbase survey finds 2014 referendum result could be reversed if held today.

Scots would vote for independence by 55% to 45% – a full reversal of the 2014 referendum result – according to a new poll.

The Panelbase survey for pro-independence organisation Business For Scotland is the latest in a line of polls to show majority support for Scottish independence.

Nicola Sturgeon recently said a commitment to a second independence referendum will be included in the SNP’s manifesto for next year’s Holyrood election.

But Boris Johnson has repeatedly suggested he would block such a vote being held.

The Panelbase poll finds a majority for independence even when undecided voters are included, with 51% for Yes, 42% for No and 7% saying Don’t Know.

Stripping out the undecideds, the breakdown is 55% Yes and 45% No.

In 2014’s historic referendum, 55% of Scots voted to stay in the United Kingdom, while 45% backed independence.

Polling expert Prof John Curtice said in July that support for independence had now led in polls “for a sustained period”.

Business for Scotland’s last survey on the issue in June found backing for independence at 54%.

Its latest poll spoke to 1011 Scottish residents between August 12 and August 18.