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Polls close, independence vote counting starts

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 - 01:17

Polls close in the Scottish independence referendum with the latest poll from YouGov showing 46 percent for breaking up from the United Kingdom and 54 against. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Polling stations closed in Edinburgh on Thursday (September 18) evening after a day of voting in an historic referendum on Scottish independence. Voting ended at 2100GMT with surveys suggesting Scots were almost equally divided in a referendum watched closely by Britain's allies, investors and restive regions at home and abroad. According to a poll by YouGov carried out on the day of the referendum Support for Scottish independence amounted to 46 percent of the electorate with 54 percent wanting to stay in the United Kingdom, YouGov contacted Scots it had previously canvassed in recent days and its survey is not akin to a full exit poll. Just under two weeks ago, it produced a poll that briefly put the independence campaign ahead, sending shock waves through the British establishment. It was a mixed bag of opinions from the Scottish capital. "I voted yes because I think Scotland will be more democratic, we won't have to live under a conservative government again," said voter Linda Gough, originally from London. While others felt there was no need for a change. "Because I love Scotland and I want it to remain the same and I don't trust Alex Salmond, Simple as," said No voter Alex Mordini, when asked why she voted the way she did. Recent opinion polls gave the "No" campaign - those in favor of remaining in the United Kingdom - a slight edge. But as many as 600,000 people undecided up to the last moment held the key. Final results were expected to be announced in the early hours of Friday (September 19) morning.

Polls close, independence vote counting starts

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 - 01:17

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