New Scottish poll confirms slight lead for 'no' camp

Excluding undecideds, the "No" to independence camp has 54 percent and the "Yes" campaign 46 percent

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The campaign for Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom has taken the lead, a new opinion poll showed Saturday, after a shock survey last weekend put the pro-independence camp ahead.

The Survation poll commissioned by the "Better Together" pro-union campaign gave them 47 percent support against 40.8 percent for the nationalists, with nine percent undecided and 3.2 percent refusing to say.

Excluding undecideds, the "No" to independence camp has 54 percent and the "Yes" campaign 46 percent.

With just five days until voters go to the polls, 93 percent of 1,004 respondents questioned by telephone between Wednesday and Friday said they were certain to vote.

"This poll suggests that 'No' are in the lead but that the race is far from over," said Blair McDougall, campaign director of the "Better Together" campaign.

"No-one can afford a protest vote. Any one of us could cast the vote that makes the difference between the UK staying together or breaking apart."

A spokesman for "Yes Scotland" added: "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."

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