More than half of Scots would be more likely to vote for independence if the Conservatives were would be returned to power in Westminster at the next general election.
A poll for The Sunday Times (£) and Real Radio Scotland found 37% of Scots said the country should be independent, with 45% against.
When it asked voters what they would do if they felt the 2015 UK general election would result in either a majority Conservative government at Westminster or another Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition;
- 52% said this would make them likely to vote in favour of Scotland leaving the UK
- 40% of those questioned said they would be unlikely to vote for independence
- 8% said they did not know how they would cast their ballot
A total of 972 voters north of the border were questioned for the Panelbase survey, which comes less than a week after Prime Minister David Cameron signed a deal on the independence referendum with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond.