Matheson welcomes surge in support for independence

Michael Matheson

Falkirk West MSP, Michael Matheson welcomed a TNS opinion poll showing a surge in support for Scottish independence.

The poll shows a record 40% of Scots want to see the Scottish Parliament have the powers of independence. The TNS poll conducted over St Andrews Day shows 40% support the Scottish Parliament having the powers and responsibilities to enable independence, with only 44% opposed.

The TNS poll follows findings by the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey which shows that support for Scottish independence rises to almost half (45 per cent) if taxes were to go down by £500 – with 62 per cent also saying that the Scottish Parliament should take the most important decisions about welfare benefits, while 57 per cent say the same about taxes.

Commenting, Mr Matheson said:

“This is an excellent poll which shows a surge in support for independence at a time when the London parties have been exposed as having nothing positive to offer Scotland.

 “The Scotland Bill published by the UK Government is a huge opportunity for Scotland to gain the financial responsibility it needs to prosper – but as currently drafted it falls far short of what is needed.

 “This poll shows that people across Scotland see the need for this country to gain the powers other countries take for granted, so we can compete on a level playing field, attract business, grow the economy and create a wealthier nation – the only alternative to the savage Westminster cuts agenda.”


1. The TNS poll was carried out Nov 24 – Dec 6 and sample size was 910.

The SNP have outlined their plans for a possible referendum which would transfer additional powers to the Scottish Parliament to enable Scotland to become an independent country. If such a referendum were to be held tomorrow, would you support or oppose the following proposal? The Scottish Government proposes that the Scottish Parliament’s powers and responsibilities should be extended to enable independence to be achieved.

Yes 40%

No 44%

Don’t Know 16%

2. The results of previous TNS polls on support or opposition to

independence are below:

TNS Independence Polls

Survey end Yes No D/K

TNS/Herald 23/08/2007 35 50 15
TNS/Herald 01/12/2007 40 44 16
TNS/Herald 01/02/2008 38 40 22
TNS/Herald 05/04/2008 41 40 19
TNS/Herald 01/07/2008 39 41 21
TNS/Herald 29/10/2008 35 43 22
TNS/Herald 03/02/2009 38 40 21
TNS/Herald 02/06/2009 36 39 25
TNS/Herald 07/12/2009 31 46 23
TNS/SNP 08/12/2010 40 44 16

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