Support for Scottish independence at historic high, poll finds

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The latest poll also places the pro-independence Scottish National Party on track to win a majority in Holyrood next year, with 58 percent of voters backing First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s party. Sturgeon remains popular among voters, according to these latest figures, with 72 percent of poll respondents saying they’re happy with her performance. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, meanwhile, has left many Scots unhappy, with 76 percent of those polled dissatisfied with his tenure in Downing Street.

Johnson has repeatedly ruled out granting Sturgeon and the pro-independence Scots another referendum. “We had a referendum in 2014. We were told it was a once-in-a-generation event by the leaders of the Scottish Nationalist Party, and six years, it doesn’t seem to me, is a generation,” Johnson said in Westminster earlier this month.

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