Commenting on a new ICM poll for the Sunday Telegraph which puts Yes at 54 per cent and No at 46 per cent – and an Opinium poll for the Observer which puts Yes at 47 per cent and No at 53 per cent – Blair Jenkins, chief executive of Yes Scotland, said: ‘The new ICM poll gives Yes a record eight-point lead, which is hugely encouraging. Meanwhile, Opinium puts Yes behind, but just by six points.
‘Taken in the round, the polls show that the referendum is on a knife edge. There is everything to play for, and this will spur on everybody who wants and is working hard for a Yes to redouble their efforts.
‘As we say in response to all the polls, we are working flat out to ensure that we achieve a Yes vote, because it’s the biggest opportunity the people of Scotland will ever have to build a fairer society and more prosperous economy.’
‘A Yes vote is our one opportunity to achieve job-creating powers, protect our NHS from the damaging impact of Westminster privatisation and cuts, and ensure that never again do we get Tory governments imposed on Scotland that we have roundly rejected.’
The Opinium poll also found that Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon come out with the highest support on who the Scottish public think has done well during the campaign (51% for Mr Salmond and 48% for Ms Sturgeon), compared to 25% for Alistair Darling, 24% for Gordon Brown, 13% for David Cameron and 10% for Ed Miliband.