Pro-Scottish independence side gaining ground: poll

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Protesters hold Scottish independence referendum banners from the 'Yes' campaign outside the venue where Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron was to address the CBI Scotland Annual Dinner in Glasgow on August 28, 2014
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Protesters hold Scottish independence referendum banners from the 'Yes' campaign outside the venue where Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron was to address the CBI Scotland Annual Dinner in Glasgow on August 28, 2014 (AFP Photo/Andy Buchanan)

London (AFP) - Support for Scottish independence appears to be gaining ground three weeks ahead of the historic referendum, according to a poll published on Friday.

The Survation survey found 47 percent of respondents would vote "Yes" to independence, compared to 53 percent who would vote "No", excluding people who were undecided.

This was a considerable narrowing of the gap between the two sides in a Survation poll three weeks earlier, in which 43 percent said they would vote "Yes", versus 57 percent who would vote to remain in the union.

The poll was commissioned by the Scottish Daily Mail newspaper to assess reaction to the final public debate between the leaders of the pro and anti-independence campaigns.

"Yes" campaign leader and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond was widely seen to have won the debate against "No" campaign leader Alistair Darling.

The survey was of 1,001 people of voting age, and found 11 percent of respondents said they remained undecided, a drop of 2 percent from the previous poll.

When undecided respondents were included, the "Yes" side had 42 percent support, a rise of four points from the previous poll, compared to 48 percent for the "No" side, a three point fall.

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