Research by YouGov for The Times found that 45 per cent of people in Scotland are in favour of keeping the nuclear-armed submarines in the event of a ‘yes’ vote, with 34 per cent opposed and 21 per cent undecided.
YouGov interviewed 1,115 adults aged 16 and over in Scotland between May 18 and 23.
What was asked?
If Scotland became an independent country, would you support or oppose Trident nuclear submarines continuing to be based in Scotland?
Support – 45%
Oppose – 34%
Don’t know – 21%
According to the research, SNP voters were least likely to support retaining Trident after independence, with 28 per cent in favour of such a move and 55 per cent opposed. There is slightly more support for the weapons in the wider independence movement, with 30 per cent of ‘yes’ voters in favour and 51 per cent against.
If Scotland became an independent country, would you support or oppose Scotland becoming a member of Nato?
Support – 73%
Oppose – 8%
Don’t know – 19%
The poll showed strong support for Nato, with 73 per cent in favour of an independent Scotland joining, 8 per cent against and 19 per cent unsure.
You can read more on this here.
A second poll?
Yes, earlier in the month a new poll from Survation found that 58% of people in Scotland believe the UK should keep Trident and that only 20% were certain it should be axed, with the remainder undecided.
Additionally, the poll undertaken by Survation found that 82 per cent of Scots ranked UK membership of the G7, NATO and the UN Security Council as “important”, while nine per cent rated it as “not important” and a further nine per cent didn’t know.
You can look at the raw data yourself here.
What is Trident?
Consisting of four Vanguard-class submarines armed with Trident II D-5 ballistic missiles, the Trident system is operated by the Royal Navy. Each submarine can carry as many as eight Trident missiles. Only one submarine is deployed at any one time, while two others are used for training and one undergoes maintenance in order to ensure that at least one is at sea at any time.
Trident is based at HMNB Clyde on Scotland’s west coast.