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Scottish Independence Support Rises to Record in Divided U.K

  • Backing for leaving the U.K. grows to 58% among decided voters
  • Scots want another referendum should the SNP win a majority
A pro-independence march in Glasgow, Scotland, in Jan.

A pro-independence march in Glasgow, Scotland, in Jan.

Photographer: Andy Buchanan/AFP Via Getty Images

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Support in Scotland for breaking away from the rest of the U.K. climbed to a record as the coronavirus pandemic and economic fallout harden political divisions in the country.

Some 58% of respondents who expressed their voting intention said they would back Scotland becoming an independent country, according to an Ipsos MORI poll of 1,045 people carried out on Oct. 2-9. That topped previous surveys this year showing support at about 55%.