65% support for better off independent Scotland

The SNP today said the latest Scottish Social Attitudes Survey showed a
“surge in support for independence” as 65 per cent of people said that
they would support independence on the basis that they would be better
off.

The survey also found that 43 per cent of people in Scotland backed the
Scottish Parliament making all the decisions for Scotland – a massive
increase of 15 per cent since 2010 – compared to 29 per cent who think the
UK Government should control defence and foreign affairs; and 21 per cent
who think Westminster should control taxes, benefits, defence and foreign
affairs.

Support for independence on another measure has also surged by 9 points on
2010 to the highest level since 2005, at 32 per cent.

Furthermore 60 per cent of respondents believe independence will make
Scotland’s economy the same or better, with only 29 per cent thinking it
will have a negative impact.

Responding the SNP’s Depute Leader and Deputy First Minister Nicola
Sturgeon said:

“This is a fantastic survey, and a big boost for Scotland and
independence. It was conducted following the SNP’s historic majority
victory in May, and demonstrates conclusively that the people of Scotland
want to continue the positive, optimistic journey our nation is on.

“Now we know that two-thirds of Scots are prepared to back independence on a
positive basis. Since the reality is that Scotland puts far more into the
London exchequer than we get back in return the Yes campaign can and will
win the economic case for independence.

"With independence, Scotland will be ranked sixth in the world league
table of OECD nations in terms of GDP per head – ten places ahead of the
UK at sixteen. As the latest GERS report shows Scotland pays 9.4 per cent
of UK tax with 8.4 per cent of the UK’s population - that equals £1,000
extra for every man, woman and child in Scotland or double the figure in
this survey.

“And other questions show that support for the Scottish Parliament making
all the decisions for Scotland has surged to 43 per cent - up a
sensational 15 points since 2010. That is well ahead of devolution max or
indeed any form of Westminster-rule; and another measure of support for
independence has increased by 9 points since 2010.

“It should now be abundantly clear to even the most dyed-in-the-wool
Unionist – even to Michael Moore and Danny Alexander – that the people of
Scotland are light years ahead of the inadequate provisions of the
Scotland Bill. Scotland has moved on, and the Westminster parties need to
catch up.

“Support for the Scottish Parliament making all the decisions on Scotland
is now by far the most popular option, as voters have moved to back full
powers – a position that matches the SNP’s vision of the parliament of
Scotland making the decisions for the people of Scotland.

“With 60 per cent of people comfortable with the economic potential of an
independent Scotland, and support for independence growing as people
appreciate the economic benefits, this survey confirms a big appetite for
real change.

"This survey adds up to show that there is a clear winning case for
independence."


Key findings in the survey are as follows:

If Scotland became an independent country, the standard of living would be
higher and people would be £500 a year better off. In this circumstance
would you favour Scotland becoming an independent country?

• Strongly in favour: 29%
• In favour: 36%
• TOTAL IN FAVOUR: 65%
• Neither: 9%
• Against: 17%
• Strongly against: 8%
• TOTAL AGAINST: 25%

Which of these statements comes closest to your view about who should make
government decisions for Scotland (2010 survey figures in brackets)

• The Scottish Parliament should make all the decisions for Scotland: 43%
(28%)
• The UK Gov should make decisions about defence and foreign affairs and the
Scottish Government should decide everything else: 29% (32%)
• The UK Gov should make decisions about taxes, benefits, defence, foreign
affairs and the Scottish Government should decide the rest: 21% (27%)
• UK Government should make all the decisions for Scotland: 5% (10%)

Which of these statements comes closest to your view (2010 survey figures
in brackets)

• Scotland should become an independent state: 32% (23%)
• Scotland should remain part of the UK with some tax powers: 49% (52%)
• Scotland should remain part of the UK with no tax powers: 9% (9%)
• Scotland should remain part of the UK with no parliament: 6% (10%)
• Don't Know: 5% (5%)

As a result of independence would Scotland’s economy be better, worse or no
different:

• A lot / a little better: 34%
• No difference: 26%
• A little / a lot worse: 29%
• DK 10%

Combined support of 60% for better or no difference.

The Scottish Social Attitudes Survey by Scottish Centre for Social Research
interview 1,197 adults between June and September 2011.
_______________________________________________