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Scotland's older people saved the Union

Young people really wanted independence.

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FEARS OVER PENSIONS, the economy and jobs drove most people to reject an independent Scotland.

Polls out this evening from Tory peer Lord Ashcroft show that 47% of people who voted no did so because of concerns over the currency, EU and the economy.

27% voted no because of their attachment to the UK and 25% said that a no vote would achieve the “best of both worlds”.

70% of those who voted yes did so on the principle that Scottish people should decide Scottish matters.

Across the board, the NHS, an unhappiness with Westminster, the pound and taxes were the most pressing issues.

In terms of age, 16-35 year-olds were divided, with 16 and 17-year-olds voting 71% yes. However, 18-24-year-olds voted 52 to 48 against independence. 25-34-year-olds went to other way, voting to break free of Westminster.

On the other end of the scale, over 65s voted 73% to 27% to stay in the Union.

The results show that the No campaign won among men and women.

Unsurprisingly, 95% of Conservative voters backed the Union.

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