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Scotland prepares for day of destiny

Scotland's decision day has arrived, with voters north of the border going to the polls today to determine if the country should remain part of the United Kingdom or not.

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Scotland pollsters 'don't really know' what vote will be

ITV News Political Analyst Professor Colin Rallings has warned that the margin of error in recent opinion polling means the potential true figure could be anywhere between a 1% Yes lead and a 10% No win.

Three polls released last night all had the No vote ahead by 52% to 48% but include a 3% buffer.

"The pollsters themselves are very concerned about the scope for a bit of a pit opening up in front of them here," he said.

"The turnout is likely to be so high [estimates suggest up to 80%] that perhaps a third of people will never have voted before in a recent election."

This, professor Rallings explained, makes it much more difficult to predict voting patterns based on previous loyalties.

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