Wednesday , 29 January 2020

Alex Salmond: Independent Scotland to herald a new era for equality

Alex Salmond
Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond, the first Minister of Scotland has stated that he is delighted with a KaleidoScot poll that shows a majority of LGBTI Scots back independence.

The First Minister said that the results reveals support for a fairer country and the recognition by LGBTI Scots that an independent country “will herald a new era for equality”.

The LGBTI Independence poll conducted by KaleidoScot showed that and overwhelming majority, 85 percent, of respondents backed separation from the United Kingdom.

Speaking with KaleidoScot, the First Minister said: “I am delighted that this poll has produced such an overwhelming level of support for a Yes vote and the opportunity to build a fairer country that comes with it.

“It is a fantastic response from Scotland’s LGBTI community and is a further demonstration of the surge in support for a Yes vote we have seen across Scotland in recent polls.

“An independent Scotland will herald a new era for equalities in Scotland, enshrining rights and protections in a written constitution. As polling day approaches, I hope we will see a similar level of support from the LGBTI community on Thursday.”

With over 1000 people taking in KaleidoScot’s poll, it is the largest survey of LGBTI people during the Referendum campaign, with 85% of the respondents have backed independence.

KaleidoScot has been running a series of features and interviews in the final weeks of the campaign, including calls from MSP’s Drew Smith and Patrick Harvie on how equality and human rights can be protected and improved with a Yes or No vote on the upcoming independence referendum on 18th September.

KaleidoScot’s poll, which had 1014 unique responses, had participation from across Scotland. We’ve analysed the results, looking at those respondents who said they are definitely or likely to vote on 18th September, which accounted for 94% of those who took part – echoing the record level of Scotland’s electoral roll, now standing at 97% for this Referendum.

About Dan Littauer

Dan Littauer is a journalist who specializes in LGBTI current affairs, travel writing, feature writing and investigative journalism. He is a correspondent for LGBTQ Nation, ManAboutWorld, and previously worked for Gay Star News, PinkNews, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, Gay Middle East, Lonely Planet as well as contributing occasionally to the BBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN and The Guardian. He also had an extensive career outside journalism, which included teaching psychoanalysis and social science, and consultancy work for the travel market. When he is not busy writing, he can be spotted rambling around the stunning Scottish landscape, where he lives, spending time at home with his cat.

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  1. In all fairness, it's difficult to describe this as a poll. It was a web based survey, run in house,without any external supervision. Anyone could have taken part, and posted multiple entries. That's the nature of these things. It's important to accurately describe the activity undertaken, but that would not have made it news worthy.

  2. With the Millioners riches behind the No campaign all polls are very misleading the only thing I know is that the results of this poll reflects the feeling that is on the streets of Scotland,We are on the era of a new Scoland that will be free from fear


  3. The other aspect to note is the "independence" of the publication behind the poll. It makes a nice story to have Alex Salmond endorse something. By any analysis, it would be very difficult, if impossible, to reproduce a result like that, without fudging the figures to suit a particular outcome…North Korea, Soviet Union, Communist China all come to mind.

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