Six ways Nationalists manipulate polls

#2 Ask questions that won’t be asked

Why didn’t James use my poll question?

When faced with years of waiting for a second referendum that will never come, while Scottish services continue to go down the toilet, would you rather leave the country now or in six months?

Joking (not really) aside, Nationalist pollsters simply don’t want to ask questions about the issues people actually care about: health, education, jobs, economy. And they certainly don’t want to ask questions about a hard border, abandoning the pound and isolation in Europe.

But, we have this information, because non-Nationalist pollsters do ask those questions.

The latest survey of 1,008 Scots, conducted between September 10 and 12, found that if the pound is replaced with a new Scottish currency, then 42% would be less likely to vote for independence, with 16% more likely, while there would be no difference for 35%.

If a hard border is introduced between Scotland and England, then 43% less likely to vote for independence, with 18% more likely, while there would be no difference for 31%.

The prospect of an independent Scotland being outside both the UK and the EU for several years would see 42% of Scots become less likely to back independence, while 15% would be more likely and it would make no difference for third (33%).

Respondents were then asked how they would vote in a referendum with the question ‘Should Scotland remain in the United Kingdom or leave the United Kingdom?’

After considering the issues put, 56% said they would vote to remain in the UK and 44% would vote to leave, when undecided voters were excluded.

Awkward! Sometimes the terrible truth is revealed inside the detail of Nationalist polls. Here’s what Angus Robertson doesn’t want you to see:

For example, even among those who totally, completely support Separation (8 to 10), only 5% support moving to a new Scottish currency in the short term. Few want to abandon the stability of the pound.

While Scottish ‘independence’ is something that many people have a strong feeling for, the reality of Separation is a different matter altogether. And after Brexit, the last thing people want is more constitutional wrangling.

A total of 72% said they wanted [2021]’s Holyrood election debate to focus on the economy and public services “ahead of other issues such as Scottish independence”.

Among SNP voters in the 2019 general election, 35% said a second independence referendum is not a priority while 18% ranked constitutional affairs and independence as a top priority for Scotland.

We are being held hostage by 18% of SNP voters. Stop pandering to them and get on with the day job.



Written by Mark Devlin

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Craig Campbell

Good article and something that has been apparent to many people for a long time, another aspect is that nationalists are known to sign up to these polling companies with multiple email accounts, this means a small group of ten people could sign up with 5 mail addresses each, thats potentially 50 respondents which on an average poll of 1006 people is 5% of the total answers, enough to swing the polls into their favour, the polls only started going in favour of the Nationalists once Angus Robertson set up Progress Scotland alongside Mark Diffley, Polls as a way of… Read more »

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