A survey carried for Business for Scotland by Panelbase found 54 percent of people wanted another referendum with an increasing number of Scottish Labour followers turning to support the SNP’s plea. Of Scottish Labour voters, support for a second referendum from them increased from 35 percent to 37 percent in the latest survey.
This spike occurred shortly after leader Richard Leonard said the party would oppose another referendum earlier this month.
The party said it is committed to Scotland remaining in the union, with a plan for further devolution for the whole of the UK.
It added that it wanted renewed partnership between all its nations based on a “progressive federal structure”.
Leaders said that following Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic, the last thing Scotland needs was “more constitutional turmoil and economic instability”.
The First Minister has paused her party’s independence campaign while the Scottish Government focuses its attention on fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
But Ms Sturgeon has repeatedly said that Scotland should be offered another say on independence in the wake of the Brexit referendum which saw the UK vote in favour of leaving the EU.
The survey also revealed that 13 percent of those people who voted Labour in December’s general election said they were unsure as to how they would vote if IndyRef2 was granted.
Alongside this, seven percent of voters said they were undecided following the responses of 1070 Scots over the age of 16.
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The survey revealed that this amounted to 338,000 additional Yes voters compared with 2014, assuming similar turnout levels.
Rob Aberdein, chairman of Business for Scotland told The Sunday National: “Future polls will paint a clearer picture, but this may suggest that its leader’s fundamentalist stance against a second referendum is driving voters away from the party and into the arms of the Yes movement.
“In the two weeks since the last poll, we have had Labour hardening its opposition to a second referendum, the Scottish First Minister being seen as a safe pair of hands on the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 response compared with Westminster’s response and the Conservatives in Scotland trying to force the First Minister to open up the economy more quickly than the First Minister believes is safe.”
Reaffirming the position on IndyRef2, Mr Leonard said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the terms of the constitutional debate in Scotland.
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“We believe that the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections must be about electing a Government and a Parliament that will dedicate its entire focus to rebuilding Scotland’s economy, public services and communities after the devastating impact of COVID-19.
“That work must be the focus of the next Scottish Government and so we will be going into that election in 2021 with a Scottish Labour Party position that is opposed to a second referendum.”
Keith Brown, deputy leader of the SNP said that there was “growing and majority” support for independence.
He added: “The Labour party have decided to alienate themselves even further from the people of Scotland.”