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Gap narrows as Independence referendum approaches

The gap between the 'Yes' and 'No' votes in the Scottish independence referendum appears to be narrowing, according to a new poll.

The YouGov survey in tomorrow's Sun newspaper suggests the 'Yes' lead has shrunk from 22 points less than a month ago to just six.

Among those who have decided which way they are going to vote, 53% are against independence, with 47% in favour.

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Poll: 'Yes' campaign closes gap after TV debates

Campaigners backing Scottish independence are closing the gap on pro-unionists after the second televised debate, a new poll suggests.

Alex Salmond is perceived to have won a comfortable victory in the second televised debate. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

The Survation poll for the Scottish Daily Mail found 47% saying they would vote in favour of independence, once undecided voters were excluded, with 53% saying they would vote no.

That compares to a split of 43% (Yes) to 57% (No) in polling after the first televised debate three weeks before - a closing of the gap from 14 points to just six.

It follows what was generally perceived as a comfortable victory for Alex Salmond in the second debate.

Sixty-four percent of respondents in the survey called it in favour of the Scottish First Minister, compared to just 16% who believed Better Together's Alastair Darling won.

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