Scottish Independence: New poll gives No camp lead, YES 46% - NO 54%

Alex Salmond outside Scotland House

The Survation poll commissioned by the Better Together campaign group have given the No camp an 8 point lead.

5 days before the Scottish referendum, it seems that the No camp are starting to claw back the lead they had dramatically lost last week as the Survation poll put them ahead on 54% and the Yes camp on 46%. The poll did exclude all undecided voters, who will undoubtedly play a huge role in determining the result on the 18th.

Interestingly 40 per cent of those who were surveyed said that they believed that they and their families would be financially worse off if Scotland were to vote yes. It seems therefore that warnings from big businesses about the hikes in prices have had the desired effects.

Blair McDougall, the campaign director of Better Together responded to the poll saying: This “suggests that No are in the lead but that the race is far from over. No-one can afford a protest vote. Any one of us could cast the vote that makes the difference between the UK staying together or breaking apart.

"This week employers and retailers have set out the real economic costs of separation. They have made it clear that jobs will be lost and that prices will rise if there is a Yes vote.

"When we can have better, safer, faster change as part of the UK, why should we risk the costs of separation."

A Yes Scotland spokesman also commented on the findings and said: "This poll records support for Yes at 46.5%, and an ICM poll conducted around the same time put Yes at 49%. There is everything to play for, and this will spur on everybody who wants and is working hard for a Yes to redouble their efforts.

"As we say in response to all the polls, we are working flat out to ensure that we achieve a Yes vote, because it's the biggest opportunity the people of Scotland will ever have to build a fairer society and more prosperous economy.

"A Yes vote is our one opportunity to achieve job-creating powers, protect our NHS from the damaging impact of Westminster privatisation and cuts, and ensure that never again do we get Tory governments imposed on Scotland that we have roundly rejected."

The poll is a bitter blow to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, who has seen his side lose momentum over the past 7 days.

SNP grandee Jim Sillars added to Salmond’s woes as he had stated that if the Yes vote were to come through, the SNP would work to break up or nationalise all firms who had been pro the union. Salmond was quick to distance himself and also deny that he was not planning a ‘day of reckoning’ against the big businesses who had spoken out against independence.

With less than a week left it appears both sides are close but as it stands the No camp have the upper hand.