Scotland is slipping away. That is the finding of YouGov’s well-publicised poll this weekend, which put the Yes campaign in front for the first time.
That’s quite a reversal: just last month, the No campaign was ahead by 22 points. Back then, “Better Together” were winning in every age category. They had the support of around 60 per cent of 16–24, 25–39 and 40–59-year-olds, and nearly 70 per cent of those older than 60.
How has this happened so suddenly? The Yes campaign has won over a significant number of undecided voters, who are mainly younger, but this only explains some of the change. Only 9 per cent of voters were undecided a month ago.
And separate polling published at that time by What Scotland Thinks, a polling aggregator, largely reinforces this: they suggest five out of six voters had already decided who to vote for. The Yes campaign has not just won over floating voters, but converted those who were seemingly decided a month ago.
The idea of a crumbling support base is daunting for the No campaign, but it should not be resigned. …