Scotland Independence Vote Swayed by Grant of Powers, Poll Finds

One in 10 voters who plan to vote against Scottish independence would change or reconsider their choice if the U.K. didn’t grant the region’s Parliament more powers, a ICM Research Ltd. survey for Scotland on Sunday shows.

Among those who are decided on the issue, 60 percent oppose breaking away from the U.K. and 40 percent plan to vote in favor. That lead shrunk to 55 percent versus 45 percent when respondents were asked to assume that a vote against would also result in no extra powers for the parliament, according to the poll. A referendum on independence will be held Sept. 18, 2014.

U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told the newspaper that government leaders must “look at the alternative vision to independence” and that he agrees with his Scottish friends who “want Scottish nationhood and identity to be more fully expressed in our institutions.”

The Scottish Parliament legislates on matters such as transportation, health, justice and education, while the U.K. controls broader economic policy and finances, as well as defense, foreign affairs and social welfare.

A majority of voters in all age groups oppose independence, while one in five respondents say they have yet to decide, the newspaper said. It didn’t give a margin of error.

ICM Research interviewed 1,002 members of the Scottish public online between Sept. 10 and 13. The results were weighted to the profile of all Scottish adults aged 16 and over.

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