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Scots want more power but not independence

Scottish Public Opinion Monitor, November 2010

Published:30 November 2010
Fieldwork:18 - 21 November 2010
Keywords:Scotland, Scottish Independence, Scottish Parliament
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Two-thirds of Scots support more power for Scotland although around three quarters want the country to remain part of the UK. On the day the UK publishes its proposals for Scotland's constitutional future, our survey reveals that support for full independence remains at the same levels as one year ago, with around one in five Scots (22%) supporting separation from the UK, while over two-fifths (44%) support enhanced powers within the UK, and the remaining third (32%) favouring devolved powers to remain as they are at present.

Support for independence is higher among men and among those living in the most deprived areas of Scotland, through support does not exceed 30% among any of the key demographic groups. Unsurprisingly, support is highest among SNP voters, with around half (49%) supporting independence compared to 14% of Labour voters.

Mark Diffley, Research Director at Ipsos MORI said:

"We know that, during the current economic conditions, the issue of Scottish independence is becoming less and less important for the public, with only 6% viewing the issue as important at the moment. However, support for more powers at Holyrood, either through enhanced devolution or full independence, remains as strong as it was a year ago and Scots clearly have an appetite for more decision-making powers to be given to Scotland."

Technical Note

  • Results are based on a survey of 1,001 respondents conducted by telephone between 18th November and 21st  November 2010
  • Data are weighted by age, sex and working status using census data, and tenure using SHS 2007-2008 data
  • An asterisk (*) indicates a percentage of less than 0.5% but greater than 0.
  • Where results do not sum to 100, this may be due to multiple responses or computer rounding
  • Where the base size is less than 30 the number (N) rather than the percentage of respondents is given 
  • Results are based on all respondents (1,001) unless otherwise stated.
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