New Polling Shows Most Scots Want to Leave the UK Over Brexit & Johnson's Botched Covid-19 Response
Recent polling shows that a majority of Scots favor independence, with the most recent "Panelbase" poll finding that 54% would vote to leave the United Kingdom with only 46% opposed. Support for independence has been building slowly since the UK voted to leave the European Union which most Scots opposed. Scots are also fed-up with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's mishandling of the Covid-19 crisis.
The last vote on Scottish independence in 2014 failed when 55% voted to stay, but that was before Brexit which remains deeply unpopular in Scotland. In fact, if Scotland wins its independence, it would almost certainly apply to rejoin the European Union.
Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused to allow another vote on Scottish independence, but pressure is building as polls for six consecutive months show independence gaining and very little support for his crisis leadership.
British political scientist, Sir John Curtice believes the balance has tipped in favor of independence because of the Brexit fiasco and because Scots have been very impressed with Nicola Sturgeon's handling of the coronavirus crisis while UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has floundered. Sturgeon is their First Minister and Leader of the Scottish National Party [SNP] which favors independence.
Curtice, Herald Scotland: “Never before have the foundations of public support for the Union looked so weak."
"Unsurprisingly, for many nationalists, the past three months have exemplified how Scotland could govern itself better as an independent, small country. More importantly, it may have persuaded some former unionists of the merits of that claim, too.”
Nicola Sturgeon is now calling for a second independence vote by the end of the year. The vote would likely be close, but enthusiasm seems to favor those that support leaving the United Kingdom.