More Scots do not want a second independence referendum than those who do, a poll showed Sunday, days after Britain voted to leave the European Union despite strong Scottish support for remaining a member of the bloc.
The Survation poll showed 44.7 percent of people think Scotland should not conduct a second independence referendum, as against 41.9 percent in favor of a fresh vote, Reuters reports.
In a referendum in September 2014, Scots rejected independence from the United Kingdom by 55 percent to 45 percent.
The prospect of a second referendum has been raised after Britain as a whole voted to leave the EU last week, despite results showing a large majority of Scots, in every region of Scotland, supported remaining within the bloc.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said another Scottish referendum is “highly likely” and that Scotland would do whatever it takes to remain in the EU, including using its veto to block the legal process for Britain’s exit.
The poll of 1,002 people, conducted for the Daily Record and Daily Mirror on June 25, also showed that despite not favoring holding another referendum, if one were to be held immediately, Scots would back a breakaway from the rest of Britain.
Survation said 47 percent were in favor and 41.2 percent against.
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