Through the Public's Eye: Researching attitudes on Scotland's constitutional future with the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey

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The 2014 referendum on Scotland’s constitutional future stimulated a vast amount of discussion. Many claims were made about what “Scots” wanted for the future, but too often these claims were not substantiated by empirical research. The Scottish Social Attitudes Survey (SSA) provideded a valuable tool to assess the views of the public. In particular, it was used to track attitudes back to the late 1990s and analyse how the public’s views may have changed over time.

This one day event showcased current research using this high-quality data source. In-depth findings on a range of topics were presented by researchers from a variety of institutions in Scotland (both academic and policy-related). Research teams worked together to provide responses to some of the most crucial questions about attitudes towards the constitutional future of Scotland – questions that remain important, despite the outcome of the referendum. In presenting their findings, these researchers not only cast light on the pre-Referendum state of public opinion, but also examined how it has changed over the last 15 years.

Speakers:

  • Dr Arno van der Zwet, University of Strathclyde
  • Craig McAngus, University of Strathclyde
  • Dr Dominika Dykiert, University of Edinburgh
  • Anna Schneider, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr David McCollum, University of St Andrews
  • Dr Beata Nowak, University of St Andrews
  • David Comerford, University of Edinburgh
  • Konrad Zdeb, The Improvement Service
  • Mor Kandlik Eltanani, University of Edinburgh
  • Claire Niedzwiedz, University of Glasgow
  • Martine Miller, University of St Andrews
  • Christopher McLean, Ipsos Mori Scotland
  • Douglas Thomson, University of Dundee
  • Dr Leda Blackwood, University of St Andrews
  • Daniel Kopasker, University of Dundee

Presentations:

Baby steps or giant leap? Comparing perceptions of Scotland’s future as a devolved nation and an independent state
Dr Arno van der Zwet, University of Strathclyde and Craig McAngus, University of Strathclyde
Briefing paper >

Trends in attitudes towards Scottish independence in different age groups
Dr Dominika Dykiert, University of Edinburgh and Anna Schneider, University of Edinburgh
Briefing paper >

Perceptions of migration: how 'different' is Scotland from the rest of the UK?
Dr David McCollum, University of St Andrews and Dr Beata Nowak, University of St Andrews
Briefing paper >

Left-localisers, Right-centralisers: attitudes to localism and income redistribution in the light of Scottish Independence
David Comerford, University of Edinburgh and Konrad Zdeb, The Improvement Service

The wealth inequality debate and support for Scottish independence over time
Mor Kandlik Eltanani, University of Edinburgh, Claire Niedzwiedz, University of Glasgow, and Martine Miller, University of St Andrews
Briefing paper >

Independence and affluence: explaining differences in levels of support for independence by socio-economic status
Christopher McLean, Ipsos Mori Scotland and Douglas Thomson, University of Dundee
Briefing paper >

The role of threat and economic uncertainty in support for Scottish independence
Dr Leda Blackwood, University of St Andrews and Daniel Kopasker, University of Dundee
Briefing paper >

Date: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 -
09:00 to 16:00
Organiser: 
AQMeN and ScotCen
Location: 
Edinburgh
Venue: 
Our Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh

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Comment: 
Excellent event. Every presentation was highly interesting and feel they will prove useful for both sides of the independence debate and for those studying current events in Scotland. Discussion was very well catered for and provided those not directly involved in the studies to take part very effectively. More events of this quality would be most welcome.