From the first issue of 2014, Scottish Affairs is being published by Edinburgh University Press. This development allows the journal to benefit from the production and marketing expertise...
Measuring public attitudes towards Scotland's constitutional future
AQMeN and ScotCen Social Research were awarded a grant by the ESRC to conduct a survey of Scottish attitudes to independence and devolution. The survey was a module of questions in the annual Scottish Social Attitudes Survey in 2013 and 2014. Results provided objective evidence to inform the debate leading up to the independence referendum in autumn 2014.
Maximising the impact of research on the independence debate requires a combination of timely evidence and the capacity to analyse and disseminate this to its fullest potential. This project informed debate in the lead-up to the referendum in autumn 2014 by enhancing analysis of and extending the data available on public attitudes to Scotland’s constitutional future.
This project was part of the ESRC-funded Future of UK and Scotland Initiative (now the Centre on Constitutional Change). Visit website >
Findings were published in a special edition of the journal Scottish Affairs in Februray 2014. Download articles >
Findings were also published on the What Scotland Thinks blog. Visit website >
Findings were presented at a number of public events:
Scottish Social Attitudes 2014. The independence referendum campaign: Help or hindrance? Details >
Launch of a special edition of the journal Scottish Affairs. Details >
Scottish Social Attitudes 2013. The Referendum: What Scotland thinks...so far. Details >
Through the public's eye: Researching attitudes on Scotland's constitutional future with the Scottish Social Attitudes survey. Details >
Training in quantitative analysis
By providing training in the analysis of existing data from the Scottish Social Attitudes survey , the project created new expertise in the design and analysis of social surveys. Trainees learnt how to design and analyse data in the time series, and how to contribute to public debate through the use of timely evidence on key issues in the year prior to the referendum. The results were published in the journal Scottish Affairs in February 2014.