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Three in ten may change their vote in the referendum if Devo+ is offered in advance

Published:4 July 2012
Fieldwork:7-13 June 2012
Keywords:Devo Plus, Devolution, Independence, Referendum, Referendums, Scottish Labour, SNP
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Our poll for Reform Scotland shows that 30% of Scots could change how they vote in the referendum if it was clear in advance that a ‘No’ vote would still result in Devo+ proposals being implemented. This is more likely to help those who oppose independence since 18% would be more likely to vote ‘No’ compared to 12% who would be more likely to vote ‘Yes’.

The poll also found that half of Labour supporters and over a quarter of SNP supporters think Scotland should remain part of the UK with the increased powers outlined in the Devo Plus proposal (52% and 28% respectively).

When asked about Scotland’s constitutional future in a single, three-option question, four-in-ten Scots back the Devo Plus proposals for more powers while remaining within the UK, while over a quarter (27%) back full independence and almost three-in-ten (29%) would prefer to retain the current settlement.

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Technical Note

  • Results are based on a survey of 1,003 respondents conducted by telephone between 7th June and 14th June 2012.
  • Data are weighted by age, sex and working status using census data, and tenure using SHS data, and by public-private sector employment by Scottish Government Quarterly Public Sector Series 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.
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