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Scotland's Young Voters - 6 May 2014 
Dropping the voting age to 16 was lauded as a nationalist masterstroke in the battle for Scottish independence, but evidence is mounting that teenage voters may prove hesitant about breaking away from the United Kingdom. Ahead of a September 18 independence referendum, the British government's campaign to keep the 307-year-old union with Scotland intact is battling to hold on to a shrinking poll lead over nationalists, who say a split would give Scotland the freedom to create a fairer and more prosperous nation. Reuters photographer Paul Hackett travelled to Scotland to shoots portraits of some of the young voters and find out what they thought about the upcoming referendum. 
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May 06, 2014 
Scottish country dancer Mairie McGillivray,16, dances on the beach at Bridgend as she poses for a photograph... 
ISLAY, United Kingdom 
Scottish country dancer Mairie McGillivray dances on the beach at Bridgend as she poses for a photograph... 
Scottish country dancer Mairie McGillivray,16, dances on the beach at Bridgend as she poses for a photograph on the Hebridean island of Islay, March 11, 2014. Mairie will vote "yes" in the referendum and said, "I believe that Scotland isn't governed by democratic means due to our lack of representation in Westminster and that we would be better off as an independent nation, both culturally and financially." When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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May 06, 2014 
Piper Danny Hutcheson, 16, poses for a photograph on the coastline of Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire, Scotland... 
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Piper Danny Hutcheson is photographed on the coastline of Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire, Scotland 
Piper Danny Hutcheson, 16, poses for a photograph on the coastline of Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire, Scotland March 6, 2014. Danny will vote "No" in the referendum because he is unsure what would happen with a "Yes" vote. When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken March 6, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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May 06, 2014 
Ewan Aitken, 17, poses for a photograph close to the Laphroaig whisky distillery on the Hebridean island... 
ISLAY, United Kingdom 
Ewan Aitken poses for a photograph close to the Laphroaig whisky distillery on the Hebridean island of... 
Ewan Aitken, 17, poses for a photograph close to the Laphroaig whisky distillery on the Hebridean island of Islay, Scotland March 11, 2014. Ewan, who works for Caledonian MacBrayne ferries says he will vote "Yes" because he feels Scotland sees "nothing back" from the resources like whisky. When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 06, 2014 
Hannah Campbell,16, sits in a barn at her family's farm in Auldearn, Scotland March 9, 2014. Hannah will... 
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Hannah Campbell sits in a barn at her family's farm in Auldearn, Scotland 
Hannah Campbell,16, sits in a barn at her family's farm in Auldearn, Scotland March 9, 2014. Hannah will be voting "No" in the referendum and said, ''I will vote no as I think that our country is fine the way it is and we don't need such dramatic change". When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 06, 2014 
School student Laura McKenzie, 16, poses for a photograph, with Craigmillar Castle in the background,... 
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School student Laura McKenzie, poses for a photograph, with Craigmillar Castle in the background, in... 
School student Laura McKenzie, 16, poses for a photograph, with Craigmillar Castle in the background, in Edinburgh March 4 2014. Laura is voting "No" in the referendum and said, "I don't see any benefits to it and I don't think that Scotland needs that big a change." When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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May 06, 2014 
Amy McKenzie Smith, who will be 16 when the referendum takes place, poses for a photograph on the banks... 
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Amy McKenzie Smith poses for a photograph on the banks of the River Clyde with Finnieston Crane in the... 
Amy McKenzie Smith, who will be 16 when the referendum takes place, poses for a photograph on the banks of the River Clyde with Finnieston Crane in the background in Glasgow, March 16, 2014. Amy is a school student and will vote "No" in the referendum. She says there is no reason to be independent and thinks ''everything could end up a mess." When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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May 06, 2014 
Sean Sutherland, 16, poses for a photograph on a building site in Oban, Argyll and Bute March 13, 2014.... 
Oban, United Kingdom 
Sean Sutherland poses for a photograph on a building site in Oban, Argyll and Bute 
Sean Sutherland, 16, poses for a photograph on a building site in Oban, Argyll and Bute March 13, 2014. Sean who is on a working rights scheme said he will vote "No" and believes Scotland is better off as part of the union. When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION POLITICS ELECTIONS SOCIETY)

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May 06, 2014 
Sophie Johnstone, 16, poses for a photograph on the suspension bridge in Dumfries, southwest Scotland,... 
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Sophie Johnstone poses for a photograph on the suspension bridge in Dumfries, southwest Scotland 
Sophie Johnstone, 16, poses for a photograph on the suspension bridge in Dumfries, southwest Scotland, March 3, 2014. Sophie is still undecided about how she will vote in the referendum. When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken March 3, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 06, 2014 
Megan McKay, 16, from Macduff, poses for a photograph on the Aberdeenshire coastline March 7, 2014. Megan... 
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom 
Megan McKay from Macduff poses for a photograph on the Aberdeenshire coastline 
Megan McKay, 16, from Macduff, poses for a photograph on the Aberdeenshire coastline March 7, 2014. Megan is voting "Yes" in the referendum and said, ''I think it will provide better opportunities for young people including students. I feel that it will provide Scotland with better opportunities and will become a wealthier nation." When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken March 7, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 06, 2014 
Ailsa Nairn, 16, who is active in the "Yes" campaign poses for a photograph in Hawick, Scotland April... 
Dumfries, United Kingdom 
Ailsa Nairn, who is active in the "Yes" campaign, poses for a photograph in Hawick 
Ailsa Nairn, 16, who is active in the "Yes" campaign poses for a photograph in Hawick, Scotland April 1, 2014. She said, "I am voting yes as I think it is the best option for Scotland and it's something I have always wanted." When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken April 1, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 06, 2014 
Zeth Clarkson, 16, who is originally from Cumbria, poses for a photograph in Hawick, Scotland April 1,... 
Hawick, United Kingdom 
Zeth Clarkson, who is originally from Cumbria, poses for a photograph in Hawick 
Zeth Clarkson, 16, who is originally from Cumbria, poses for a photograph in Hawick, Scotland April 1, 2014. Zeth plans to vote "Yes" in the referendum and said, "I think Scotland will cope better with the economy on their own." When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken April 1, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 06, 2014 
Ninian Gibson, 16, poses for a photograph at Duddingston Loch in Edinburgh March 4, 2014. Ninian, who... 
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 
Ninian Gibson poses for a photograph at Duddingston Loch in Edinburgh 
Ninian Gibson, 16, poses for a photograph at Duddingston Loch in Edinburgh March 4, 2014. Ninian, who plans to vote "No" in the referendum, said, "Though I think Scotland should have full control over its own affairs I think that the U.K. is an important force in the world that it should be kept united." When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 06, 2014 
School student Katie Cocozza poses for a photograph at her friends house in Linlithgow in central Scotland... 
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School student Katie Cocozza poses for a photograph at her friends house in Linlithgow 
School student Katie Cocozza poses for a photograph at her friends house in Linlithgow in central Scotland March 16, 2014. Katie will be 16 when she votes in September and plans to vote "No" at the moment. She said, "There is a lack of engagement within my year group and we haven't seen much campaign material from each of the political parties explaining their position and the effects it would have specifically for my generation." When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 06, 2014 
Liam Collins, 16, who is currently looking for work or further education opportunities, poses for a photograph... 
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Liam Collins, who is currently looking for work or further education opportunities, poses for a photograph... 
Liam Collins, 16, who is currently looking for work or further education opportunities, poses for a photograph in Edinburgh April 2, 2014. Liam will vote "Yes" in the referendum and said, "I will vote yes because I believe it will give Scotland a better chance and more jobs for young people. I talk about this mainly with my Dad and he is voting no." When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 06, 2014 
Leanne Wharton, 16, poses for a photograph in Hawick, Scotland April 1, 2014. Leanne said she plans to... 
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Leanne Wharton poses for a photograph in Hawick 
Leanne Wharton, 16, poses for a photograph in Hawick, Scotland April 1, 2014. Leanne said she plans to vote "Yes" in the referendum as she thinks an independent Scotland will have more freedom. When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken April 1, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 06, 2014 
Kieran Green, 16, poses for a photograph on a playing field in Edinburgh March 4, 2014. Kieren is undecided... 
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Kieran Green poses for a photograph on a playing field in Edinburgh 
Kieran Green, 16, poses for a photograph on a playing field in Edinburgh March 4, 2014. Kieren is undecided on how he will vote in the referendum and said, "I am not 100% convinced by the "Yes" or "No" campaigns and as to what will be better for the future of my country. You will have to look hard to find someone more patriotic than me, and when it all came about a few years ago I was all for independence. But growing up and maturing has made me rethink. My heart says yes, but my head says no." When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 06, 2014 
Simon Fraser, 16, poses for a photograph on the island of Easdale in Argyll and Bute, Scotland March... 
Easdale, United Kingdom 
Simon Fraser poses for a photograph on the island of Easdale 
Simon Fraser, 16, poses for a photograph on the island of Easdale in Argyll and Bute, Scotland March 11, 2014. Simon plans to vote "Yes" in the referendum "because of the opportunities it will give in the future". He says he talks with his friends about the referendum and they have very mixed views on the subject. When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 06, 2014 
Yasmin Gray (L), 16, and Leonie Matthews, who will be 16 at time of the vote, pose for a photograph while... 
NAIRN, United Kingdom 
Yasmin Gray and Leonie Matthews pose for a photograph while getting ready to go to a friend's 16th birthday... 
Yasmin Gray (L), 16, and Leonie Matthews, who will be 16 at time of the vote, pose for a photograph while getting ready to go to a friend's 16th birthday party in Nairn, Invernesshire March 8, 2014. Yasmin is undecided on how she will vote in the referendum and said, "I have heard different opinions from family members and the news. I am 60% yes because I think it will benefit our economy and there would be less tax in an independent Scotland. However, the 40% is no because I believe that Scotland being independent will affect our future generations as most of our money comes from oil - it will eventually run out and this will leave Scotland inevitably bust." Leonie, who plans to vote no said, "England needs Scotland and Scotland needs England for both countries to function properly." When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 06, 2014 
Saffron Dickson, 16, poses for a photograph in Glasgow city centre April 1, 2014. Saffron who is active... 
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Saffron Dickson poses for a photograph in Glasgow city centre 
Saffron Dickson, 16, poses for a photograph in Glasgow city centre April 1, 2014. Saffron who is active in the Radical Independence Campaign said, "It's crazy not to have self determination. We need complete control over everything. It's the only way the Scottish people can make decisions for themselves and not by an out of touch government." When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken April 1, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 06, 2014 
Lachlan Eggo, 16, from Dumfries, southwest Scotland poses for a photograph in the border town of Gretna... 
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Lachlan Eggo from Dumfries, southwest Scotland poses for a photograph in the border town of Gretna Green... 
Lachlan Eggo, 16, from Dumfries, southwest Scotland poses for a photograph in the border town of Gretna Green March 3, 2014. Lachlan is undecided on how he will vote in the referendum and is going to do research into the issue. He said it isn't really a topic of conversation amongst his friends at school. When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken March 3, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 06, 2014 
School student Jack Capener, 16, poses for a photograph on Calton Hill in Edinburgh March 4, 2014. Jack... 
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School student Jack Capener poses for a photograph on Calton Hill in Edinburgh 
School student Jack Capener, 16, poses for a photograph on Calton Hill in Edinburgh March 4, 2014. Jack said he plans to vote "No" in the referendum, because of concerns about the currency. "I think that it is unlikely that Scotland will get either the pound or the euro, and lack of faith in Alex Salmond's plans''. When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 06, 2014 
Zak Clarkson, who will be 16 at the time of the referendum, poses for a photograph outside Lochend amateur... 
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Zak Clarkson poses for a photograph outside Lochend amateur boxing club in Edinburgh 
Zak Clarkson, who will be 16 at the time of the referendum, poses for a photograph outside Lochend amateur boxing club in Edinburgh March 6, 2014. Zak plans to vote "No" in the referendum. He said, "We are stronger together as Great Britain, especially in things like the Olympics. I also think we have a better army within Great Britain." When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken March 6, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT BOXING POLITICS ELECTIONS SOCIETY)

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