The Scottish First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) was taking part in a half-hour programme, called ‘Ask The Leader on BBC Scotland’ today.
But she was caught off guard by angry members of the electorate who wanted her to explain why she wants to break up the union – even though so few people want that to happen.
One audience member asked: “We have poverty [in Scotland] a high deficit rate, a lack of funding for the NHS services, charity services, policing, and the education system is an absolute abomination! There are people leaving school now that are illiterate.
“You come across as though independence is going to fix all of that, why can’t you, after the 10 years that you’ve been in power, fix those problems and then think about independence?”
The crowd erupted in applause as people nodded in approval at the woman’s suggestion.
Mrs Sturgeon said: “I don’t say to you that independence is a magical solution to everything.”
Nicola Sturgeon was peppered with questions on why she wanted a second referendum during the debate
And the irate audeince member was not the only one to pose the question.
Over and over again, members of the audience asked why Mrs Sturgeon would not back down.
A man said: “What exactly gives you the mandate for another referendum?
Mrs Sturgeon fought back, placing the blame on Brexit as the reason why she is asking for a second turn at breaking away from Westminster.
She said: “It’s often said to me you had the referendum in 2014 so why are you bringing this forward so soon, and the truth is without Brexit we wouldn’t be talking about it after the last one.
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The audience repeatedly asked Mrs Sturgeon to explain why she wants to break up the union
Adding: “I hope Brexit is not a disaster. I hope a deal is struck that is not disastrous.”
Ms Sturgoen’s appearance on the show came after Scotland's other main party leaders took part in the debate.
Sottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson appeared before Mrs Sturgeon.
The half-hour programme was hosted by Glenn Campbell
The show took place on four weekday nights starting on Monday 29 May.
Each politician answered audience questions on a range of subjects at BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay HQ and the show was hosted by Glenn Campbell.
Mrs Sturgeon used the programme to air her feelings on Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election on June 8.
She laughed at the Prime Minster and said it was something “which she might be regretting now.”
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She also slammed US president Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate agreement saying "no country can tackle climate change on its own."
But she refused to answer whether Jeremy Corbyn grabbing power on election day would edge her closer towards the referendum she desires.
She added: “I don’t like the prospect of May winning the election. But it’s a chance for us to keep the Tories in check, as they might not be able to increase their majority – and that would come down to Scotland.”