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Sunday, 12 August 2012
Olympics appears to have increased independence support, says poll for Sunday Times
Support for Scottish independence appears to have been bolstered as a result of Olympic success, according to a poll.
The survey, commissioned by the Sunday Times, suggests 12% feel more in favour while 8% feel more unionist.
However politics professor John Curtice, of Strathclyde University, told the paper the results may show that the Games "reaffirmed" existing attitudes among people who have already made up their minds.
"For those who believe in the UK, the sight of a Scot rowing alongside English rowers shows the power of the union," he said. "For nationalists, the number of medals won by Scots shows what Scotland could achieve as a team on its own."
The poll of almost 800 Scots, conducted by Panelbase, also showed that 29% believe Scottish athletes should compete for Great Britain after independence while 58% say Scotland should represent itself.
The survey suggest support for independence stands at 35% compared with support for the union at 44%.
SNP MP Pete Wishart said: "This is clear evidence that the puerile efforts of the anti-independence parties to politicise the Games have backfired.
"I've been delighted to support Scotland's Olympians and Team GB during the London Games, and will be delighted to support Team Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and at the Olympics following a Yes vote in 2014.
"With the gap between support for an independent Scotland and the union now down to a swing of just 4.5%, we are very confident indeed of achieving a Yes vote for independence in autumn 2014."