Fifty-six percent of Scots now back independence according to a stunning new poll.

Commissioned by the pro-independence Scot Goes Pop website, the Panelbase survey found that just 44% of Scots would back staying in the union, down one point on the firm's last poll. 

56% is the highest ever Yes vote recorded by Panelbase.

It’s now the 14th serious poll in a row to put support for Yes ahead of No. 

The 13th was released earlier on Thursday, when YouGov put Yes on 51% - down two points on their last poll.

The Panelbase poll revealed that 42% of people who voted Labour in 2019, and 28% of people who voted Liberal Democrat, would now back independence. 

In grim news for the Unionist side, 23% of No voters from the 2014 referendum are now backing Yes, while only 8% of Yes voters have switched to  no. 

Both the Panelbase and YouGov polls asked voters which party they'd back at a Holyrood election. 

After 13 years of government the SNP remain miles ahead of their opponents. 

Panelbase found that at the constituency vote, 53% of voters would back the SNP, 21% the Tories, 18% Labour, 5% the LibDems and 3% the Greens

On the list they found support for the SNP at 46%, the Tories at 20%, Labour at 17%, the Greens at 8% and the Lib Dems at 6%.

That would give the SNP 71 seats, up eight from the last election, the Tories 25, down six, Labour down five to 18, the Greens on 9, up three, and the Lib Dems remaining on 5. 

YouGov found that 56% of people said they would back the SNP in the constituency vote, with the Tories on 19%, Labour on 15%, the Liberal Democrats on 6% and the Greens on 2%.

On the regional list, the SNP has 47% support, the Tories 20%, Labour 13%, the Lib Dems 6% and the Greens 7%.

That’d give the SNP 74 seats, the Tories 24, Labour 17, the Greens on 9 and the Lib Dems 5. 

At Westminster Panelbase had the SNP on 50%, the Tories 21%, Labour 20%, the Lib dems 5% and the Greens 2%.

That would see the SNP win 56 of Scotland’s 59 seats, the Tories 2 and Labour 1.

Two new polls, the 13th and 14th in a row with a majority for independence, show that the SNP hold a commanding lead over opposition parties and Scottish voters are continuing to put their trust in the party.

A YouGov poll shows the SNP on course to win 56% of the constituency vote in next year’s election – with the Tories on 19% and Labour on 15%.

A Panelbase poll, with almost identical fieldwork dates, puts support for independence at 56% - the highest ever level of support for independence in a poll conducted by Panelbase. 

It puts the SNP on 53% on the constituency vote and 46% on the regional list vote for the Scottish Parliament elections.

SNP Depute Leader Keith Brown welcome the findings from the two polls.

He said:“These are yet more significant polls for the SNP, which show voters across Scotland continue to place their trust in the party to deliver – in stark contrast to the Westminster government, which is acting against Scotland's interests.

“They should be wake up call for the Tories – their Trump-like attempts to ignore free and fair elections and deny the people of Scotland the right to choose their own future is utterly unsustainable.

“If the UK remains a democracy, then Scotland must have the right to choose a better path than the shambolic, hard-Brexit Tory government at Westminster.

“And that decision is for the people of Scotland, not a Tory government we didn’t vote for, led by the likes of Boris Johnson.

“The SNP is taking absolutely nothing for granted and we will continue working hard to retain the trust of people in Scotland at next year's election. But it is clearer than ever that voters believe Scotland’s future lies as an equal, independent country."

The polls comes as the debate over a possible second independence referendum continues to rage. 

Last week the Tory Secretary of State for Scotland told the BBC there should be no new vote for between 25 years and 40 years. 

Though this week Alister Jack claimed he was joking about the possibility of a four-decade wait. 

On Wednesday in the Commons, Philippa Whitford said Jack seemed to think that the way to strengthen the Union is by “forcing a hard Brexit on Scotland against our will, taking an axe to devolution with the Internal Market Bill and denying any democratic choice on Scotland’s future until adults like me are dead”.

“On that basis, does he think the best recipe for a happy marriage is to lock up the wife, take away our cheque book and just keep refusing a divorce?”

“I think it’s quite straightforward. I think people should respect democracy,” the Tory replied.

He added: “We are respecting democracy. We are saying we’re acknowledging ‘once in a generation’.

“We don’t believe Scotland should be thrown under the uncertainty of neverendums. It’s very straightforward. A generation by any calculation is 25 years and frankly you just have to accept that and focus on what matters which is recovering from this pandemic us all pulling together.“

Earlier this week another poll showed most Scots agree pro-independence MSPs winning a majority of seats in next May’s Holyrood election would constitute a mandate for Indyref2.

The poll found 49 per cent agreed a pro-independence majority would be a mandate, 27% disagreed, 9% didn’t know and 16% neither agreed nor disagreed.

Removing undecideds, 54% agreed it was a mandate and 30% disagreed.