Scotland's pro-independence leader vows victory

By the Associated Press | August 18, 2014 | 2:34 PM EDT

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond during an interview with The Associated Press during a visit to a house building project in Arbroath on the East coast of Scotland Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Two opinion polls show that Scotland's voters are narrowly divided on whether to leave the United Kingdom one month before a referendum. Sunday's published polls both found that a majority of decided voters want Scotland to stay within the UK alongside England, Wales and Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)

LONDON (AP) — Scotland's pro-independence leader is insisting his campaign is headed for victory — one month before the historic Sept. 18 referendum.

First Minister Alex Salmond told The Associated Press on Monday that those seeking independence have always been the underdogs.

But Salmond seemed buoyant after new polls suggest that Scotland's voters are only narrowly divided on whether to leave the United Kingdom. However, polls consistently show those favoring union in the lead.

He said the day after the vote Scots won't "wake up and find there are three taps in every house - whisky, oil and water." But he added that independence activists can build a more prosperous and just society.

Salmond has come under fire for economic arguments, particularly the question of which currency an independent Scotland would use.