Poll Finds Support for Scottish Independence From U.K. at 47%

Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Almost half of Scots support independence from the rest of the U.K., according to a poll published in the Sunday Times.

The Panelbase poll of 1,000 Scottish adults, conducted between Jan. 27 and Feb. 1, found 47 percent support becoming independent against 53 percent who oppose. The newspaper gave no details about what proportion were undecided or the poll’s margin of error.

Scotland’s nationalist First Minister Alex Salmond has said he wants to hold a referendum on independence in the fourth quarter of 2014. Prime Minister David Cameron, who supports the union with Scotland, has said it should come sooner than that.

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