The latest YouGov poll, one month before the referendum takes place, shows that support for independence has risen slightly although support for the union still holds a percentage well over half.
This shows that Alex Salmond, leader of the SNP and First Minister of the Scottish Executive is still struggling to convince the Scottish public that Scotland would be better off outside of the United Kingdom.
The poll comes after it was revealed that many women saw the First Minister as arrogant, ambitious and dishonest, while there is still uncertainty in how an independent Scotland would be led. Salmond doesn’t even know what currency an independent Scotland would use and insists that he can ‘share’ the British pound sterling with the United Kingdom he wants to leave behind. The Government of the United Kingdom refuses this ‘currency union’, with all three of the major parties against it. Furthermore, there are still issues such as the NHS, the BBC and border controls still waiting to be answered.
Alex Salmond has also been dismissed by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, as a desperate man, making a desperate argument. Things aren’t going too well for this failed campaigner, especially as the referendum date inches ever closer. Meanwhile, Alastair Darling, the leader of Better Together, an organisation that opposes independence and believes that Scotland has the ‘best of both worlds’, has an excellent track record so far. He believes that Scotland is already in the best possible situation and has been for over 300 years, so everyone just takes it for granted.