Another group of Scots were asked: “Should Scotland become an independent country, or should it remain part of the United Kingdom?” This time, support for independence fell to 33 per cent, with 67 per cent preferring to stay in the UK.
“The question is too important to be asked in such a partisan way.” Lord Ashcroft’s pollsters interviewed 3,090 adults in Scotland between 26 and 31 January 2012.
The news came as deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he was in favour of further fiscal powers for Scotland, saying devolution was “not a tablet of stone”.
He told a committee of peers in the House of Lords on Wednesday: “We are looking at what home rule means in a modern setting.
“I think there should be further steps towards greater autonomy, fiscal and otherwise, for Scotland. That is what most Scottish people believe as well.”
Mr Clegg added: “Devolution is not a tablet of stone it is a process, there are so many devolved states around the world. Look at Spain, for instance. Catalonia is often cited as an example of possible Scottish devolution. It is a process not a fixed point.”
Yesterday The Daily Telegraph disclosed that a new round of peers is likely to include one from the Scottish National Party for the first time in a bid to reach out to Mr Salmond ahead of the independence vote.