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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Scottish independence referendum poll: the latest tracker

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Scottish voters will have their say on the future of the 307-year-old union between Scotland and England all day on Thursday. Betweem 7am and 10pm, the record 4.3 million people - 97 per cent of the population - who registered will be able to vote yes or no to Scottish independence. Some politicians have already voted including Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister and Gordon Brown. The campaign has been hard-fought by both sides, with passion and tension reaching fever-pitch on the last day of campaigning on Wednesday. It is also a significant day as 16 and 17-year-olds have been given the vote for the first time in Scotland.

On the eve of Scotland's historic referendum, polls showed support for staying in the UK just ahead of backing for independence, but tens of thousands of citizens were still agonising over which way to vote on Thursday.

Leaders and supporters of both sides took to the streets on Wednesday for a final day of campaigning in a country gripped by excitement and hope balanced by a strong measure of dread and concern. Voters will be asked to answer "Yes" or "No" to the question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" A "Yes" vote would spell the end of the 307-year-old union with England and the break-up of the United Kingdom – as well as economic uncertainty.

Three surveys – from pollsters ICM, Opinium and Survation – showed support for independence at 48 per cent compared with 52 per cent backing for the union. They found 8 to 14 per cent of Scotland's 4.3 million voters were still undecided before polls open at 7am on Thursday.

Reference: By Myles Burke

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