Despite the polls the First Minister and the 'Yes' side are convinced they can win on 18 September
BLOG: Peter MacMahon looks at both sides of the referendum campaign as we reach one month before it takes place.
SNP claims a Yes vote will save the NHS from 'privatisation' are hotly disputed. What are the facts behind the pre-referendum exchanges?
"It's our pound and we're keeping it," said Alex Salmond to MSP's earlier today, Thursday 7 August.
The First Minister came under fire in the chamber for refusing to come up with a plan B on currency during his live debate with Alistair Darling.
And with just six weeks to go until the independence vote, opponents are piling on the pressure.
Kathryn Samson reports:
The biggest arts festival in the world offers some fresh perspectives on well - rehearsed arguments about independence. There are thousands of shows on offer but, as Kathryn Samson reports, the referendum is a stand out act.
What did people who matter, the voters, think of the independence debate?
Our reporter Joe Pike sat down to get the view of a panel of voters in the South of Scotland in Hawick.
The leader of the "Yes" campaign, Alex Salmond, and the frontman for the "Better Together" campaign Alistair Darling clashed in their first televised head-to-head.
The two hour debate, staged by STV, was held in front of an audience of 350 people in the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow on Tuesday, 5 August. And it proved to be much more feisty than some commentators had predicted.
Our political editor Peter MacMahon reports:
The latest episode of ITV Border's Scottish political programme, Representing Border, looks at issues from Holyrood and Westminster that matter to the South of Scotland.
Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, and Alistair Darling, the leader of the Better Together campaign, clashed in the first of their televised debates, ahead of the Scottish Independence Referendum.
The two hour debate was held last night, Tuesday 5 July, in front of an audience of 350 people in the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow.
Our political editor, Peter MacMahon, looks at what conclusions can be drawn from the event:
Alistair Darling, speaking today since the Independence debate held last night in Glasgow, reiterated his point that Alex Salmond is yet to give an answer on what currency an independent Scotland would use. He says this is one of the things that people are now focusing on ahead of September's referendum.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has refused to concede he lost last night's independence debate despite most most of this morning's newspaper headlines handing victory to the leader of the No campaign Alistair Darling.
– Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond
I was much more interested in the ICM poll which was conducted through the debate last night. Yes support started at 45% and at end of the debate polled at 47%. Which is one of the highest poll ratings we have ever had and is within touching distance of a majority. What was particularly significant was a 9% rise in support among women, which most polls have indicated has been one of the weaknesses of the Yes campaign.
Alistair Darling's questioning of Alex Salmond's currency plans for an independent Scotland sparked the most tweets during last night's debate.
More than 2,000 tweets were sent during that moment, with a total of 186,267 sent throughout the entire event.
The Yes campaign gained more than double the number of tweets over the course of the day, despite a Guardian/ICM poll suggesting Better Together leader Alistair Darling came out on top during the debate.
The debate over Scottish independence has taken place with the first live television clash between the First Minister Alex Salmond and the man leading the campaign to keep the UK together Alistair Darling being shown on STV.
A poll conducted by ICM for the Guardian has found that Alistair Darling won the first Scottish independence debate by 56% to Alex Salmond's 44%.
There are now just over six weeks to go until voters in Scotland decide whether to remain in the UK or become an independent nation in the September 18 referendum.