How many Labour members support independence?
The Tories claim there’s no mandate for a second independence referendum because the combined total of ‘unionist votes’ (Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems) at the 2019 General Election was larger than those who voted SNP.
But that argument ignores the fact that a considerable number of supporters from various different parties believe in Scottish independence.
Polls have consistently shown that a significant percentage of Labour voters and members are pro-independence. There are also a significant number who don’t support independence but do support Scotland’s right to decide.
A YouGov poll in 2019 found that 39% of Labour Party members support Scottish independence.
🔍 Boris Johnson’s Tory government is claiming Labour votes can be counted as part of a Unionist bloc against independence.
📊 The uncomfortable truth for the Tories is four in ten Labour members also support Scottish independence.
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— Yes (@YesScot) January 16, 2020
The poll was shortly followed a Lord Ashcroft survey, finding that 40% of Scottish Labour voters support independence.
Most recently, in January 2020, a YouGov/Times poll found that 77% of Labour members either support or are open to supporting a second independence referendum – and only 16% are totally opposed.
Looks like 77% of Labour members either support or are open to supporting an independence referendum – and only 16% are totally opposed.
(YouGov/Times Survey of
1005 Labour members,
13-15 Jan 2020) https://t.co/L0Qf0vgG2T pic.twitter.com/ZxsIIUinQ6
— Erik Geddes (@erikgeddes) January 18, 2020
Across the political spectrum, more and more people are coming out to say that Scotland’s future should be in Scotland’s hands.
📣 Carwyn Jones AM, former First Minister of Wales and former leader of the Welsh Labour Party, says Scotland must have a choice.
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— Yes (@YesScot) January 14, 2020
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