A new poll has placed support for Scottish independence at 50 per cent.

Half of Scots oppose a second independence referendum being held in the next year.

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However, when asked how they would vote, 48 per cent responded they would back the country breaking away from the UK, according to figures released by Ipsos Mori.

The survey, carried out for STV, found another 48 per cent said they would back a no vote in a referendum, with four per cent remaining undecided.

HeraldScotland: The Ipsos Mori poll was carried out on behalf of STVThe Ipsos Mori poll was carried out on behalf of STV

The fieldwork for the survey was carried out between November 19-25, and included the views of 1046 Scottish voters aged 16 or over.

It stated 42 per cent of the electorate would back an indyref2 taking place within the next 12 months, with six per cent undecided.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was ranked as the most popular leader among the Scottish parties.

Almost half of those asked said they were "satisfied" with Ms Sturgeon's performance as leader of the party, well ahead of the Scottish Lib Dem's Willie Rennie, on 31 per cent, the Scottish Conservatives Jackson Carlaw, on 18 per cent, and Scottish Labour's Richard Leonard, on 17 per cent.