In a poll commissioned by the BBC, nearly three quarters of Scotland citizens oppose the release of Lockerbie bomber Ali al-Megrahi.
A study conducted by ICM Research suggests 60 per cent of Scottish people oppose the government's decision to release Megrahi however, only 36 per cent believe Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill should resign, according to BBC.
The poll further shows that 57 per cent of telephone respondents believe that Megrahi should have remained in prison until his death, while 37 per cent think the opposite.
Even though the government's decision to release the Lockerbie bomber due to his terminally-ill cancer, 68 per cent of respondents think it was more than just that reason alone.
Offering a response to the recent polling data, First Minister Alex Salmond agreed with the Justice Secretary and said, 'I acknowledge that these were difficult, controversial decisions but somebody had to take a decision and it fell to the Scottish Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill, to do so. Sometimes in life and politics and in government, there's no easy option available. You have to take hard choices because you think and believe you're doing the right thing and you know it just takes guts to govern sometimes and Kenny MacAskill showed that.'
The telephone survey was conducted on August 26 and 27 with a random sample of 1,005 respondents from Scotland.