Friday, 08 June 2018 04:35


A new survey from the National Centre for Social Research has revealed that confidence in an independent Scotland’s economic prospects has soared – showing that the SNP is winning the economic debate ahead of the party’s Conference in Aberdeen this weekend.

The survey found that 41% of people view independence as a positive for Scotland’s economy, up from 26% in 2014 – and now outnumbering those who believe the economic prospects would be worse
The National Centre for Social Research survey, published on the eve of the SNP’s conference in Aberdeen, also shows a sharp increase in people believing that independence would give Scotland a stronger voice in the world – up from 33% in 2014 to 49% in 2017 – and shows that independence is the most popular constitutional option, with support at 48% putting it within the margin of error.
The findings come as the SNP has begun a new debate on how Scotland can thrive as an independent country following publication of the Sustainable Growth Commission report.
Commenting, SNP Business Convener Derek Mackay said:
“These figures confirm that the SNP are winning the economic arguments about Scotland’s future.
“As Labour and the Tories are blinkered by negativity and the chaos of Brexit - the SNP is focused on hope and ambition for Scotland. 
“More people across Scotland now think that independence will benefit our economy than those who think it will be negative – and more and more people across Scotland believe that independence will give us a stronger voice in the world.
“Independence is now the most popular constitutional option, with an overall majority for independence within touching distance. 
“As the Sustainable Growth Commission report has outlined in recent weeks, independence can offer significant benefits to Scotland’s economy, allowing us to improve growth and boost jobs right across the country.
“This survey underlines how confidence in Brexit UK is crumbling - and with people increasingly concerned about what the future holds for Scotland as part of the UK, it is no wonder that people are discussing the immense economic opportunities of independence.”

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