Nicola Sturgeon grilled by Ruth Davidson during FMQs
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The First Minister has seen support for independence and the SNP fall in recent weeks. The SNP has been embroiled in a crisis over a Holyrood inquiry involving former First Minister Alex Salmond. Now, a poll of more than 2,000 Express.co.uk readers has found the overwhelming majority believe Ms Sturgeon has missed the boat for tearing up the UK.
The survey conducted on Saturday, March 13, from 1.26pm to 9pm, asked 2,344 online readers, with support for Nicola Sturgeon falling, has the SNP leader lost her chance for independence?
A huge 91 percent (2,125) thought the SNP chief has missed her opportunity and voted “yes”.
Just six percent (138) believed the SNP had not and voted “no”.
Meanwhile, the remaining three percent (81) remained unsure and voted “don’t know”.
A number of Express.co.uk readers let their opinions known in the comments section of the poll story.
One reader wrote: “The SNP haven’t lost their chance for independence as there’s no chance another referendum will be approved by Westminster.
“They had their ‘once in a generation’ vote now move on!”
A second reader wrote: “She chose not to listen to the people, now the people will not support her.”
A third commented: “I would advise the good people of Scotland to vote for any party other than the SNP.”
A fourth simply said: “They never had a chance.”
Earlier this month, Ms Sturgeon was questioned for more than seven hours by MSPs over her Government’s handling of harassment complaints against Mr Salmond – the former First Minister has been acquitted of all charges.
A row has erupted within the party after the former First Minister accused leading figures in the SNP of being involved in a conspiracy against him – something strongly denied by Ms Sturgeon.
The SNP has vowed to hold a second independence referendum if the party wins a majority in the Scottish Parliament elections in May.
But, a recent poll suggested the majority of Scots now wanted to stay in the Union.
Another survey suggested almost half of Scots did not want another vote on independence before 2023.
The people of Scotland voted by 55 percent in favour of staying in the Union during the 2014 referendum.
Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused to sanction a section 30 order to grant a second vote.
A recent survey, conducted for The Scotsman by Savanta ComRes, found that 45 percent of respondents said they would vote Yes if the vote was held tomorrow.
Meanwhile, 47 percent said they would vote No and eight percent did not know.
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When unsure voters were excluded, 51 percent said they would vote in favour of the Union, while 49 percent would back independence.
The poll interviewed 1,009 people aged 16 and over between March 5 and 10.
A separate poll for The Times by YouGov found almost most half (48 percent) did not think a ballot should be held before 2023, compared with 33 percent who did.
A separate poll for the Scotsman indicated the SNP is no longer on course for a majority in Holyrood elections in May – another bitter blow for Ms Sturgeon’s bid for Scottish independence.
It found that the SNP would return 64 MSPs, missing out on a majority by one seat.
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