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Scotland’s No Voters Feel Threatened, Afraid To Speak Out, And Think Their Country Is More Divided

Exclusive polling by YouGov for BuzzFeed News reveals the extent to which Scotland’s No voters think the country has changed during the referendum campaign.

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2. A poll of over 3,000 Scottish people carried out by YouGov for BuzzFeed News reveals that almost half of No voters have felt personally threatened by the opposition during Scotland’s independence referendum campaign.

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The research, carried out in the final days of the referendum campaign, found 46% of No voters said they had felt threatened by the opposing camp at some point. This compares to a quarter of Yes voters who said they had felt intimidated.

3. An enormous 85% of No voters said they felt Scottish society has become more divided as a result of the referendum campaign.

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In contrast, Yes voters felt the campaign has actually brought the country together.

In addition, the poll found 32% of No voters felt their friendship group was more divided as a result of the referendum, while 18% of No voters felt their family had been driven apart by it.

4. Meanwhile, half of No voters felt they have not always been able to speak freely about their views during the campaign.

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This compares to just a fifth of Yes voters who felt unable to talk openly about their views.

5. And No voters are four times as likely to have fallen out with friends over their views on independence.

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In addition, the poll found 32% of No voters felt their friendship group had become more divided as a result of the referendum, while 18% of No voters felt their family had been driven apart by the referendum.

6. Whatever the result in Thursday’s independence referendum, the figures suggest the vote has opened up divisions and distrust between fellow Scots.

The polling was undertaken using YouGov’s online panel, which offers payments and rewards to individuals who share their opinions. Sign up here.

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Jim Waterson is politics editor at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
Contact Jim Waterson at jim.waterson@buzzfeed.com.
 
 

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