Steady as she goes from YouGov

7th February 2014 Comment The Scottish independence referendum

There is a new poll from YouGov in today’s Scottish Sun. Its publication also allows us to play catch up with another reading of referendum voting intention that the company slipped out largely unnoticed last week. Neither poll provides anything like as much evidence of a swing to Yes as did the TNS BMRB poll […]


Seminar: So Where Does Scotland Stand on More Devolution?

4th February 2014 Comment Site News

Tuesday 18th February 9.30am-11am Raeburn Room, Old College, University of Edinburgh The possibility that Scotland should remain in the UK but that the Scottish Parliament should be given more power over and responsibility for taxation and welfare benefits will not appear on the ballot paper on 18th September. However, the debate on this option continues, […]


Survation Enter The Fray

1st February 2014 Comment The Scottish independence referendum

Survation, the regular (internet) pollsters for the London newsdesk of the Mail on Sunday  (though not of the desk in Scotland), have entered the referendum polling fray for the first time this weekend. They put the Yes vote at 32%, No at 52%, with 16% saying Don’t Know (after taking into account people’s reported likelihood […]



ICM Poll Shows Biggest Swing Yet

26th January 2014 Comment The Scottish independence referendum

One of the most remarkable features of the referendum campaign polls so far has been their stability from one reading to the next.  Almost every company’s poll has reported more or less the same proportion of people saying they will vote Yes (and No) as did  the last poll conducted by that same company. Now, […]


Do we need to take the undecideds seriously?

23rd January 2014 Comment The Scottish independence referendum

In the 2013 Scottish Social Attitudes (SSA) survey respondents were asked how they would vote in the referendum as follows: In the referendum, you will be asked, ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’ If you do vote, will you vote ‘Yes’ or vote ‘No’ – or haven’t you decided yet? Asked in this about how […]


Interactive Scottish Social Attitudes 2013 data now online

22nd January 2014 Comment

If you have been reading the news coverage and blogs on the 2013 Scottish Social Attitudes (SSA) survey you may have further questions about the findings. Like what do the undecided voters think about key issues? Or does the gender gap in support for independence apply to all aspects of the debate? Well to coincide […]


Release of initial findings from the Scottish Social Attitudes survey

21st January 2014 Comment Expectations of constitutional change Perceptions of government & the Union

Tonight (Tuesday) sees the release of initial findings on attitudes towards independence from the latest Scottish Social Attitudes survey, which was conducted between June and October last year. Tomorrow (Wednesday) you will be able to both to mine the data for yourself using our data explorer while there will also be some briefings that report […]


Border Blues?

7th January 2014 Comment The Scottish independence referendum

A new species of referendum poll makes a first appearance tonight – a full sized poll of attitudes in one specific region of Scotland. It comes from ITV Border – to mark the launch of a new regular Scottish politics show for the region  – and covers people living in Dumfries & Galloway and the […]


SNP Slipped in the Polls?

6th January 2014 Comment Elections, parties & leaders

Amongst the plethora of holiday polling, the SNP reported with some satisfaction Panelbase’s finding (based on the Scottish poll it conducted for the party just before Xmas) that the party was eight points ahead of Labour on constituency voting intentions for the Scottish Parliament and nine points on list voting.  As the party itself noted, […]