Fewer than three in ten Scots support second independence referendum

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Nicola Sturgeon's plans to tear apart the UK were yesterday dealt a fresh blow by a bombshell poll.

It revealed that the vast majority of Scots want to remain in the Union and are against destroying the 312-year-old partnership.

As Miss Sturgeon steps up her bid to force Scotland to leave the United Kingdom, 59 per cent oppose 'Scexit' –a Scottish exit – from the Union.

Meanwhile, only one in four Scots supports the First Minister's bid to hold another referendum next year.

Most of the people polled fear the country would become even further divided by rerunning the 2014 vote, while more than a third of those who voted Yes have switched sides.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (pictured at Holyrood) wants to hold another independence referendum next year but a new poll shows Scots do not support her

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (pictured at Holyrood) wants to hold another independence referendum next year but a new poll shows Scots do not support her 

The poll is a hammer blow for the SNP as it today attempts to use the fifth anniversary of the resounding No vote to demand another chance to break up Britain.

It also demonstrates a growing fear that leaving the UK would add even more chaos on top of Brexit.

Pamela Nash, chief executive of the Scotland in Union campaign group, said: 'Just five years on from the referendum that Nicola Sturgeon promised was a 'once-in-a-generation' contest, this landmark poll shows that 59 per cent of people in Scotland want to remain in the UK.

'More than half a million Scots who voted Yes in 2014 have switched to supporting Scotland's future in the UK to protect vital public services like the NHS and schools from the SNP's drastic cuts. People are seeing the chaos Brexit has brought and know that Scotland leaving the UK would be much worse.'

The Survation poll of 1,003 Scottish adults, conducted from September 12-16, asked how people would vote if there was a referendum tomorrow with the question: 'Should Scotland remain in the United Kingdom or leave the United Kingdom?'

Of those likely to vote, 54 per cent wanted to remain in the UK and 37 per cent wanted to leave. When the 'don't knows' are stripped out, 59 per cent would back remaining in the UK and 41 per cent would support leaving.

Of those who voted Yes in 2014, 36 per cent now want to stay in the UK, while 20 per cent of No voters now want to leave the UK.

Although the question differs from the wording of the 2014 vote, the Electoral Commission, the main elections watchdog, favoured a Leave/Remain question, rather than a Yes/No question, in the

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