Support for Scot Independence Hits Record Low

Year after separatists take power, Scotland wants to remain in UK
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2008 9:45 AM CDT
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond at the opening of the Scottish Parliament, in Edinburgh.   (AP Photo/Michael Boyd, Pool)
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(Newser) – It's been one year since a separatist government came to power in Scotland, vowing to break away from the United Kingdom. But a new poll shows while the Scottish still admire Alex Salmond, the region's first minister, support for independence is at an all-time low—with only 19% wanting to be independent, the Daily Telegraph reports.

In 1999, Tony Blair's government introduced a regional parliament with substantial powers for Scotland. But in 2007, the Scottish National Party capitalized on Labour's waning fortunes and took control of the Edinburgh legislature. The poll shows that while Scots still support the SNP, they don't support independence—the central plank of the party's political philosophy.