Although the SNP lost 21 seats and pro-Union parties took almost two-thirds of the popular vote in Scotland,
the First Minister said it is “over-simplistic” to imply Scottish voters completely rejected the idea last Thursday.
Ms Sturgeon said she is “reflecting” on plans for a second ballot to pull Scotland out of Great Britain, but refused to answer if the
election result meant she was wrong to call for a second independence poll.
She said: “I have said I will reflect on the outcome of the election and I will do that carefully and in discussion with colleagues across the SNP.
“I won’t do it to a timetable dictated by headline-hungry journalists or based on any overly simplistic analysis of the election.”
Ms Sturgeon added: “I have heard lots of analysis of the election results; some of them I agree with, some of them I don’t agree with. Many of them are overly simplistic.