A majority of voters in the South of Scotland think independence is a ‘big risk’ to Scotland’s future. The figure is part of an exclusive opinion poll commissioned for ITV Border’s political programme Representing Border, and conducted by ComRes, the only survey to focus solely on the South of Scotland.
Key findings on the risk of independence include:
- Four out of five residents of the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway say that Scotland becoming independent would be a risk to Scotland’s future.
- A majority who say it would be a big risk (55%).
- 77% of adults in the South of Scotland think independence would be a risk to Scotland’s future economic prosperity.
Asked how much of a risk, if any, do you think Scotland leaving the United Kingdom and becoming an
independent country is to Scotland’s future generally, 55% said it would be a big risk and 25% a slight risk. Only 16% thought it be not much of a risk or no risk at all.
The poll also finds that people in the South of Scotland are more likely to believe the promise of pro-Union parties that Scotland would be ‘better off’ remaining in the UK.
- 41% of those polled said they thought the claim that everyone in Scotland would be £1,400 a year
- better off if Scotland remains part of the UK is true. While only 21% said that the Scottish Government’s claim that everyone in Scotland would be £1,000 a year better off if Scotland was an independent country is true.
- A quarter said that neither claim is true.
The poll was conducted for ITV Border by ComRes and polled 1,001 adults aged 16 and over in the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway council areas between the 9th and 15th June.