Support for Scotland’s Yes campaign is on the rise as the country’s independence referendum draws nearer, a new opinion poll shows.
According to a poll conducted by YouGov for the Sunday Times, 51 percent of Scottish voters plan to vote yes, while 49 percent will vote no.
A similar YouGov poll published on September 2, showed 47 percent of the respondents said they’d vote in favor of independence, while 53 percent of the respondents planned to vote “No.”
This is the first time that Scotland’s pro-independence Yes campaign has gained on the Better Together campaign.
Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the “breakthrough poll” showed the Yes campaign “has the big momentum.”
“More and more people are beginning to realize that a Yes vote is Scotland’s one opportunity to make [its] enormous wealth work better for everybody who lives here,” she added.
Scotland will hold a national referendum on September 18 to determine the country’s future. The independence referendum could result in the nation’s breakaway from the United Kingdom after more than 300 years of political union.
The Westminster has repeatedly warned against Scotland’s independence, saying it will jeopardize the UK’s stability and damage its international standing.
Scottish authorities on the other hand argue that independence from the UK would free Scotland from London’s austerity policies and unnecessary military spending.
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