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.