September 18, 2014 / 9:48 PM / 3 years ago

Support for Scottish independence at 46 percent - YouGov poll

Workers begin the counting process at a counting centre in Aberdeen, Scotland, September 18, 2014.Dylan Martinez

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Support for Scottish independence amounts to 46 percent of the electorate with 54 percent wanting to stay in the United Kingdom, according to a poll by YouGov carried out on the day of the referendum.

YouGov contacted Scots it had previously canvassed in recent days and its survey is not akin to a full exit poll. Just under two weeks ago, it produced a poll that briefly put the independence campaign ahead, sending shockwaves through the British establishment.

YouGov research manager Laurence Janta-Lipinski said the organisation's last poll had picked up a "small but significant late swing from Yes to No on polling day".

"This YouGov poll indicates the union has prevailed - it certainly looks more comfortable than it did 10 days ago,"

Janta-Lipinski told Reuters. "It look like the union will remain intact for the time being."

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, writing by Mike Peacock

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