We’ve seen this many times. When you ask people to prioritise things like the economy, health, education, the pandemic and independence, the latter tends to come last. Unionist pounce on the findings to suggests Scots are really that not bothered about it but it’s a classic misunderstanding of the limits of opinion polls.
The first examples represent values that almost everyone would rate as high priorities and if they consistently put the pandemic above the economy that does tell you something because a government can allocate more resources to either, pass more legislation to deal with either but independence is not the same kind of thing. It’s like being in NATO or UEFA.
You could do a poll where you ask people to prioritise membership of the EU, NATO, UEFA, the Eurovision Song Contest, the G8 and independence and it’s getting meaningful.
John Curtice explains this clearly:
Interesting: When you merely change the wording a bit, interest in prioritising independence rises.