Almost half the people who intend to vote No in tomorrow’s Scottish referendum have felt “personally threatened” by the Yes campaign, according to a new poll.
The online survey of more than 3,200 Scots by YouGov for BuzzFeed will fuel allegations by the Better Together campaign that supporters of independence have intimidated voters.
It found that a strikingly high 46 per cent of No supporters felt personally threatened by the Yes campaign during the referendum, while 50 per cent did not. In contrast, only 24 per cent of Yes supporters felt personally threatened by the No campaign and 72 per cent did not (“don’t knows” excluded).
Almost half of No voters (49 per cent) said they had not always felt able to speak freely about their views on the referendum, while 48 per cent felt they had. Meanwhile, 76 per cent of Yes backers believed they had always felt able to speak freely, and only 21 per cent did not.
Opponents of independence were also more likely to have fallen out with friends, family members, colleagues and other people than were supporters of Scotland leaving the Union.
Some 85 per cent of No voters believed the campaign had made Scottish society more divided, while only 30 per cent of Yes supporters held that view.
Scottish National Party figures have denied the charge of intimidation, saying there has been some exuberance by a tiny minority of campaigners on both sides of the heated referendum debate.
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