Nicola Sturgeon is desperate to secure a majority in Holyrood with Thursday’s vote, as she aims to use her success in the polls as a mandate to hold a second Scottish independence referendum. The First Minister claims Boris Johnson will have no choice but to grant her wish for a second vote on Scotland’s membership of the Union if such an outcome arises. But if Ms Sturgeon fails to secure a parliamentary majority, she should resign, a poll has found.
A poll of Express.co.uk readers asked: “Should Nicola Sturgeon resign if she fails to secure majority?”
Out of the 9,174 respondents, the vast majority, 88 percent (8,056 people) voted “yes”.
Eight percent (748 people) voted “no”, while four percent (370 people) opted for “don’t know”.
The survey also asked readers if they thought Mr Johnson should grant an independence vote if SNP does secure a majority in the upcoming election.
The majority of readers were opposed to such a move, with 79 percent (7,244 people) voting “no”.
One fifth of respondents (1,835 people) said “yes”, while just one percent (96 people) voted “don’t know”.
Ms Sturgeon has focused the majority of the campaign on the issue of Scottish independence, despite the Covid pandemic continuing to wreak havoc.
If she wins a majority, she hopes to stage a referendum by the end of 2023.
The Labour Party secured just two percent (221 people) votes from readers, while Reform UK and Alex Salmond’s ALBA Party received just one percent of the vote (109 and 48 votes respectively).
The Lib Dems and Green Party were backed by just a handful of those surveyed, with 28 and 13 votes respectively.
Readers took to the comments to condemn Ms Sturgeon for continuing to demand a second Scottish referendum, and reminded the leader that the 2014 vote was meant to be a “once in a lifetime referendum”.
One person wrote: “‘”Once in a lifetime referendum’. Lifetimes seem to be a little short in Scotland.
“I think it’s more to do with Nicola Sturgeon wanting to emulate her beloved EU by having vote after vote until she gets the result she wants.”
Another person said: “Scotland had already spoken on this matter, the SNP lost, unfortunately the looney SNP are undemocratic and couldn’t care less about the people of Scotland,.”
A third wrote: “We have had two referenda 2014/2016 – do we keep repeating because we don’t like the answer? No because we are democratic.
“This would go against what the electorate decided, and undermine everything we stand for.”
The Express.co.uk poll was carried out from Thursday April 29-Tuesday May 4 and saw 9,174 people respond to each of the three questions.