Scots Independence Poll Keeps ‘No’ Vote at 55%, Ipsos MORI Says

The campaign against Scottish independence retained its lead in the latest poll by Ipsos MORI, with the largest gap in favor of staying in the U.K. among female voters and in more affluent areas of the country.

The survey for broadcaster STV found 55 percent of people wanted to keep Scotland in the U.K. with 29 percent in favor of independence and 16 percent undecided. The No vote was unchanged from the company’s poll in December, while the Yes vote slipped two percentage points.

Among women, 59 percent wanted to keep the status quo with 27 percent backing independence versus a split of 54 percent to 38 percent for men, Ipsos MORI said. In richest parts of Scotland, the gap in favor of remaining in the U.K. was 51 percentage points compared with six points in the most deprived areas, the survey found.

Ipsos MORI questioned 1,001 people by telephone on Feb. 20-25. No margin of error was given. For voters who were certain to vote, the gap was 57 percent to 32 percent and when excluding undecided respondents it widened to 67 percent to 33 percent in support of staying in the U.K.

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