Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Salmond Wins Over Undecided Voters in First Debate

As the referendum debate between Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond draws to a close, most commentators have acknowledged Darling as the victor with the First Minister giving a less stellar than expected performance.

An instant ICM poll held at the end of the debate gave Darling the win overall with 56% of respondents choosing him as the winner to Salmond's 44%.  However, this lead comes from Darling's stronger support amongst those definitely voting no (90%-10%) compared to Salmond's support amongst those definitely voting yes (80%-20%).

Amongst the key undecided swing voters, Salmond was considered narrowly victorious with 55% to Darling's 45%.  Salmond's winning margin is even greater however amongst those who remained uncertain after the debate - 74% to 26%.

The relevant polling data table is available here.