Poll: Majority want all decisions made in Scotland
As SNP delegates arrive for the start of SNP conference, a new YouGovpoll has found that a clear majority of Scots want all tax, spend andwelfare decisions to be made by the Scottish Government.
The poll found that 52% of respondents thought that the Scottish Government should be responsible for all tax and spending decisions inScotland - including oil and gas tax revenue, with 35% supporting
A separate question found 53% thought that the Scottish Government would be best at deciding welfare and pensions policy for Scotland, with 34% backing UK Government control.
The results come as a boost to the independence campaign - and a blow to the anti-independence campaign, who have repeatedly scaremongered on pensions and on oil revenues.
Welcoming the figures, Finance Secretary John Swinney SNP said:
"These are hugely encouraging results and show that the positive arguments put forward by the independence campaign are winning the support of the people of Scotland. There is a clear majority support for the key decisions about Scotland to be taken right here in Scotland.
”This is a big blow to the No campaign.
"Scotland is in a stronger financial position than the UK as a whole - to the tune of £4.4 billion, or £824 per person
"And we know that Scotland spends proportionately less of its budget on welfare and pensions than the rest of the UK.
"Only a Yes vote on 18th September 2014 will enable us to invest our abundant resources in building the fairer and more prosperous Scotland that we all want to see."
Yougov/SNP (Fieldwork: 20th-22nd March 2013)
Sample size: 1105 Scottish adults
Which government do you think should be responsible for all tax and
spending decisions in Scotland, including tax revenues from oil and
The UK government 35
The Scottish government 52
Don't know 13
Which government do you think would be best at deciding welfare and
pensions policy for Scotland?
The UK government 34
The Scottish government 53
Don't know 13