Scottish independence: Voters on 100 days to go

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There are now 100 days to go until Scotland's independence referendum vote on 18 September.

Voters will be asked the straight Yes/No question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?".

We asked seven undecided voters - four from our People's Panel and three from our Generation 2014 group - what they expect to see happen over the next 100 days.

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Ian Kinghorn
Ian Kinghorn Ian, 68, lives in Edinburgh and is a retired driving instructor

"To be honest, I'm not sure either side has got enough to say that would be sufficiently concrete.

"The last thing that came out was, they were equally saying: "Oh yes, you'll all be better off if it goes our way". But neither of them really has enough information to back that up because it's all built on speculation.

"So I think they're both going to have a real problem coming up with anything to really change anybody's mind.

"I am an undecided voter, yes. I don't know [if any one thing could get my vote], it might be a negative thing. That I find one of them is using particularly unpleasant tactics to try and discredit the other.

"If something came out that said look, irrespective of what anybody else says, the general financial situation in Scotland would probably be better one way or the other. But the key word is probably."

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Melissa Gillen
Melissa Gillen Melissa, 41, has three teenage children and is self-employed

"Because I do voluntary work, I've been asking people and there's a lot of people who want independence, and they really, really do want it but they're a wee bit scared about what it's going to mean for them i.e. the economy, money.

"And there's other people who have said they don't want independence.

"There's still quite a big divide. There's a lot of people who definitely know what they want but there's still questions on what they're going to get.

"Taking emotions out of it, as people are emotional about it, but sometimes emotions can get you into trouble. If you're looking at it logically it's 'am I going to be worse off?'

"I've got three teenage girls going into college who want to go into university, and if I'm going to be financially worse off, they're going to be financially worse off.

"That's a biggie for me, I need to make sure I'm going to be secure. It's the college, the university, the education. I need to make sure my girls are going to be okay."

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John Mercer
John Mercer John, 48, used to work in Edinburgh's financial services sector

"I don't know what they're going to do, but I suspect there's various things up their sleeve and they're leaving it until crucial points - to stun, scare or whatever people.

"I suspect it'll be stuff to do with currency, and movement of trade within the current union.

"I'm expecting to see more high-profile people put their name for or against it.

"I don't think there's one particular area that's concerning me. It's just hearing learned people explaining things properly. If they're clearly stated and in a convincing manner, then that could possibly sway me either way.

"I'd like to hear people generally talking about their views about Scotland and how this could make us improve as people and as a nation that's proud of their environment."

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Naomi Stirrat
Naomi Stirrat Naomi, 21, studies acting in Edinburgh

"I expect the campaign to intensify with even more direct blows to the opposition used to persuade people, as opposed to each campaign proving themselves. This attack of the other side will leave undecided voters like me even more confused.

"At the moment, the 'Yes' campaign is adamant that an independent Scotland would keep the pound but the Better Together campaign disagrees. If I could be told for sure what would happen, I'd be much closer to making a decision.

"I'm keeping an eye out for arts policies and the way each side is using the arts as part of their campaign. Some of the material produced by both campaigns so far have been embarrassingly bad and have not reflected the quality of Scottish and UK arts at all. Watching the videos from both sides have made me cringe.

"Every time I feel I'm closer to deciding which way to vote, I'm then put off."

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Nicole Fraser
Nicole Fraser Nicole is an undecided voter from Aberdeen

"I'm hoping to see more information pointed at my generation. I always thought that the information, the wording, that we see is a bit out there, and sometimes you know, you can't understand it.

"The wording is quite difficult - well, for me, to understand. So I find a lot of the time my outlook is like "oh well, I don't really know what that means so I can't really use that helping to decide whether I'm 'Yes' or 'No'.

"It depends what us going independent is going to do for Scotland, is it going to make our future easier? Or is it going to make it harder? Because if it's going to make it harder then obviously I'm not going to vote for it. But if it makes our living in general easier then yeah. It just depends what comes out.

"I'm probably looking out for taxes, medical care and housing."

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Kieran Sutherland
Kieran Sutherland Young undecided voter Kieran lives in Caithness

"I'm expecting/hoping that there'll be a lot more information released from both sides regarding the referendum.

"I'm kind of hoping more of it will be targeted towards the young voters because a lot of it right now I feel is still targeting towards the ones that are a bit older.

"The facts that they're giving us are still a bit...I don't know how to describe it, so I'll say...wordy?

"I know this is going to sound like a really strange answer, but I don't know [if one thing will decide my vote], but I will know it when I see it, if that makes sense.

"I'm looking for information on currency, definitive information. More definitive information across the lot.

"It's really, really exciting that they're giving a vote to 16 year olds. I think it's our decision, whatever decision is made is going to be the Scotland that's left to us. So I think it's brilliant that they've decided to bring us in to help make that decision."

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Gregor Larmour
Gregor Larmour Gregor is an undecided voter from Ayrshire

"In the next 100 days I expect to see a lot more competition. Things will get a lot more intense between both of the campaigns.

"There will be more involvement with people all over the place. More involvement with young people, obviously because 16 year olds are allowed to vote.

"I think there are still quite a few young people undecided, and I think they (the campaigns) know that. So that'll be a big target for them.

"I feel like it's been running rather smoothly for both campaigns but I expect to see it get a lot rougher, a lot more involved."

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