This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
The future of Scotland largely depends on undecided voters as the poll results indicate a balance between ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ campaigns.
It has been revealed that around 350,000 Scots are still undecided on whether to support partition or stay in union with United Kingdom with the Scottish independence historic referendum just a day away.
Several surveys suggest that the undecided voters range from 23 per cent to as low as 8 per cent. However, it is certain that these confused voters will prove the final deciding factor in Thursday’s historic vote.
The president of internet-based market research company YouGov, Peter Kellner has argued over a strong possibility that many of voters lying in the ‘undecided’ category know perfectly well how they will vote, but do not want to disclose it to pollsters.
The above argument stems from what political theorists call “social satisficing” – a phenomenon where individuals are reluctant to express their political views in front of complete strangers.
In a scenario, where turnout for voting is expected to remain as high as 80 per cent, every ballot will make a significant impact on the final result.
Chief executive of ‘Yes’ campaign Blair Jenkins has said the results showed the gap had been narrowing in favour of their campaign.
Mr Jenkins has stated: “These polls – like all the recent polls – show that we are in touching distance of success on Thursday.
“The referendum is on a knife edge, and this will spur on everybody who wants and is working hard for a Yes to redouble their efforts.”
While director of Better Together campaign Blair McDougall has warned the Scots over the consequences choosing independence: “If we vote to leave the UK there would be no going back, no matter what it costs us in terms of bigger cuts, higher prices and fewer jobs.
“The last week has exposed how much of a risk going it alone would be for Scotland.
“Jobs would move to England, funding for pensions would be cut and our NHS would be at risk.”
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