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Sectarianism is a problem

23 September, 2017
The majority of people in Scotland say they think sectarianism is a problem for our country, according to a new report from ScotCen Social Research. New findings from the Scottish Social Attitudes survey (SSA) show nearly 9 in 10 (88%) say they think sectarianism is a problem for Scotland. However over two-thirds (69%) say they think it’s only problem in specific areas, most commonly Glasgow and the West.

Support for same-sex marriage

23 September, 2017
Liberal attitudes to same-sex marriage in Scotland have reached an all-time high, ScotCen Social Research reveals today. Over two-thirds (68%) of people in Scotland now agree that gay or lesbian couples should have the right to marry if they want to. This compares to 61% in 2010 and just 41% in 2002.

Referendum Campaign Divides Public

23 September, 2017
The latest annual Scottish Social Attitudes survey, published today by ScotCen Social Research and conducted between May and July 2014, uncovers increased concern among voters about the implications of independence; a greater gender divide; and a renewed sense of Britishness. Nevertheless the survey shows that over the last twelve months the proportion saying they will vote Yes (once Don’t Knows are excluded) has increased from 36% to 39%.

Scots recognising harmful impact of alcohol

23 September, 2017
An increasing number of people recognise the harm which alcohol causes in Scotland, new results from the Scottish Social Attitudes (SSA) survey reveal. In 2013, 60% of Scots thought alcohol was the drug causing most problems in Scotland, an increase from 46% in 2004.

YES voters more likely to cast ballot in referendum

23 September, 2017
New analysis of ScotCen’s Scottish Social Attitudes survey published today on whatscotlandthinks.org reveals that those who support Scottish independence are more likely to say they will vote in September than are those who do not.

Scots would prefer ‘devo max’ new SSA data reveals

23 September, 2017
New figures from Scottish Social Attitudes survey show Scots would prefer more devolution, but remain unsure about consequences

SSA B-side: What Scots Think about the Pound… So Far

23 September, 2017
ScotCen’s Scottish Social Attitudes survey, released last week, sheds some light on what Scots think about the issue of currency. The Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney will today enter the debate on Scottish independence by making a speech to the Scottish Council for Development and Industry on one of the key referendum battlegrounds - the Pound.

Referendum campaign is letting down voters

23 September, 2017
New results from ScotCen Social Research’s annual Scottish Social Attitudes survey, released tonight, suggest that many of the prominent debates in the campaign, such as on Europe, the pound, and welfare, are having little or no impact on whether voters will vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. What matters are voters’ views about the likely economic consequences of independence as opposed to staying in the Union.

Support for Scottish independence at lowest level since devolution

23 September, 2017
Support for independence fell during 2012 to its lowest level since the introduction of devolution, according to new results published today from ScotCen Social Research's annual Scottish Social Attitudes (SSA) survey.