CLEAR MAJORITY FOR SCOTTISH REFERENDUM DECISIONS IN SCOTLAND

11 - 06 - 2019 / Polling

CLEAR MAJORITY FOR SCOTTISH REFERENDUM DECISIONS IN SCOTLAND

A new poll by Survation for polling and research organisation Progress Scotland shows a clear majority for deciding on a second independence referendum, timing of a second independence referendum and the question asked in a second independence referendum should lie with the Scottish Government and not the UK Government.

“In your view, should the Scottish government or the UK government have the final say on the following issues”?

Deciding if there should be a second independence referendum:

  • Scottish Government 58%
  • UK Government 42%

The timing of a second independence referendum:

  • Scottish Government 58%
  • UK Government 42%

The question asked in a second independence referendum:

  • Scottish Government 62%
  • UK Government 38%

Survation Poll for Progress Scotland - Sample size: 1,022 (excluding don’t knows)

Fieldwork dates: 4th-7th June 2019. Methodology: People aged 16 and over living in Scotland were interviewed online.

The poll is the first to be conducted on a second independence referendum since the Scottish Government published legislation on 29th May 2019 on holding such a referendum. The referendums (Scotland) bill does not specify the date, question or referendum period, which would all be set by secondary legislation.

Mark Diffley, independent polling advisor to Progress Scotland said:

“Progress Scotland’s latest poll shows that significant majority of Scots believe that the Scottish government should have the final say on the timing and content of a second independence referendum. Of those who have an opinion, nearly 6 in 10 Scots (58%) think the Scottish government, rather than the UK government, should the final say in deciding whether indyref2 should take place and on its timing, while 62% think it should decide on the question that should be asked”.

“These results reflect evidence from other surveys which suggest that Scots trust the Scottish government more than the UK government and that the majority want the Scottish government to have most influence over the way Scotland is run. As might be expected, the survey shows that over 80% of those who voted ‘Yes’ in 2014 think the Scottish government should have the final say on all of these issues; however, a significant minority of 2014 ‘No’ voters also back these propositions, including 28% who think it should decide on whether indyref2 should be held, 27% who think it should decide its timing and 33% who think it should have the final say on the question posed.”

Angus Robertson, Managing Director of Progress Scotland said:

“Clearly there is a strong majority for Scotland’s future to be decided in Scotland and not by the UK government. Progress Scotland is particularly interested in the changing views of people in Scotland in relation to independence. We are about to begin a round of focus group research to better understand what is is making the open minded and undecided change their thinking”

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