Scotland hit by 'fact denying epidemic' claims as Independence argument savaged

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The poll for the pro-Union think tank These Islands by Survation found more than half (57 percent) of those in favour of Scottish independence believed the SNP Government's annual GERS (Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland) figures are "made up by Westminster to hide Scotland's true wealth". These yearly figures, published by the Scottish Government, are used to calculate the country's fiscal deficit. When undecided voters were taken out, just over half (51 percent) said they would vote against independence if a referendum was held tomorrow.

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A net figure of three in 10 said they agreed the GERS figures were "made up by Westminster to hide Scotland's true wealth", while the same number disagreed.

More than half (54 percent) of those in favour of independence agreed with the statement "Scottish tax revenues are understated because of Scottish exports leaving via English ports".

Two-thirds (66 percent) of independence supports also agreed with the statement "Scottish tax revenues are understated because taxes generated by the whisky industry are not properly allocated to Scotland".

The SNP Government has insisted all exports which leave via ports in other parts of the UK still count as Scottish exports in official figures.

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In regards to the party's currency plans, just over a third (35 percent) of people responding in the poll said they did not know what the SNP's policy for this in an independent Scotland is.

A quarter of people believed it was to "keep the pound indefinitely" while just under a fifth (17 percent) thought it was to "keep the pound until a new Scottish currency is adopted".

These Islands chairman Kevin Hague said the poll points to a "fact-denial epidemic in Scotland" and said the think tank were "shocked" by the spread of economic disinformation in the Scottish independence debate.

He said: "This survey reveals for the first time the true scale of what amounts to a fact-denial epidemic in Scotland.

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