Disquieting number of Unionists have suggested the promises of new powers did not sway enough voters to make a difference to the outcome of the referendum.
Here are some empirical data from a post indyref poll conducted by Lord Ashcroft, the renowned Tory benefactor, and uber Unionist. The survey is of 2,047 people.
27% said their NO vote was primarily predicated on a love of / affinity to the Union.
47% they voted NO because of concerns about the economy, the pound, and jobs et al.
25 percent said it was the promise of new powers for the devolved Scottish Parliament that led them to vote NO
CLEARLY, the promise of new powers was DECISIVE. In the absence of these assurances Scotland would have voted YES.
One other interesting tidbit: 71 percent of 16- to 17-year-olds voted YES, while 73 percent of people over 65 voted NO.
The failure of the media to show what an abysmally poor job London Westminster has made of mannaging the economy is the real problem.
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You sure you have the right poll – a sub-sample size of 9 where the population sample is over 2,000 seems unlikely. However, you may be right. Can you provide an original source citation? – not the Herald which claims sample size was 14 (but no link to source of data)
And the claim that 53% voted NO (Ashcroft’s data) is based on a sample size of how many? original source citation?
Edited to add Found ashcroft’s revised & weighted final result – it says age group 16 to 24 voted 51% YES 49% NO . . . (raw data before adjustments for inherent biases may show something else)
‘One other interesting tidbit: 71 percent of 16- to 17-year-olds voted YES, ‘
Actually this has been shown not to be true – original sample was extremely small (only 9) final figures showed about 53% voted No.