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The Times Scotland Poll – Anniversary of devolution, May 2009

Fieldwork: April 29th 2009 - May 3rd 2009

published by The Times

Thinking about Scotland's future, which of the following is closest to your view?

SCOTLANDAllMenWomenABC1C2DE
Scotland should become independent from the rest of the UK21%23%18%12%23%27%23%
The Scottish Parliament should have more powers than it does now, but short of full independence from the rest of the UK41%39%42%38%42%32%45%
The Scottish Parliament has the right level of powers and should retain them26%24%27%34%25%28%18%
The Scottish Parliament should have fewer powers than it does now8%11%6%12%7%7%6%
Don't know/none of the above5%2%8%3%2%4%6%

It is now ten years since devolution and the establishment of the Scottish Parliament. Do you think that devolution has overall been good or bad for Scotland?

SCOTLANDAllMenWomenABC1C2DE
Very good13%17%9%17%18%8%10%
Fairly good57%57%57%57%57%62%56%
Total 'GOOD'70%74%66%74%75%70%66%
Fairly bad14%11%17%11%14%15%16%
Very bad4%6%2%5%2%3%5%
Total 'BAD'18%17%19%16%16%18%21%
Net 'good'52%57%47%58%59%52%45%
ENGLAND & WALESAllMenWomenABC1C2DE
Very good22%26%19%25%21%25%18%
Fairly good48%47%48%44%52%47%47%
Total 'GOOD'70%73%67%69%73%72%65%
Fairly bad5%7%2%7%5%5%1%
Very bad2%4%1%3%1%2%3%
Total 'BAD'7%11%3%10%6%7%4%
Net 'good'63%62%64%59%67%65%61%
 SCOTLANDENGLAND & WALES
Very good13%22%
Fairly good57%48%
Total 'GOOD'70%70%
Fairly bad14%5%
Very bad4%2%
Total 'BAD'18%7%
Net 'good'52%63%

Do you think that Scottish devolution has overall been good or bad for the rest of Britain?

[Asked of England & Wales sample only]

ENGLAND & WALESAllMenWomenABC1C2DE
Very good6%7%5%5%6%7%6%
Fairly good36%37%35%31%41%37%36%
Total 'GOOD'42%44%40%36%47%44%42%
Fairly bad24%26%22%32%20%24%22%
Very bad13%14%11%14%13%12%10%
Total 'BAD'37%40%33%46%33%36%32%
Net 'good'5%4%7%-10%14%8%10%
ENGLAND & WALESGood for the rest of GBGood for Scotland
Very good6%22%
Fairly good36%48%
Total 'GOOD'42%70%
Fairly bad24%5%
Very bad13%2%
Total 'BAD'37%7%
Net 'good'5%63%

Comparing the situation now with the period before devolution, would you say that as a result of devolution...

You feel more British or less British - or about the same?

SCOTLANDAllMenWomenABC1C2DE
More7%10%5%8%3%5%10%
Less10%11%10%8%12%12%11%
About the same80%76%84%81%81%84%76%

Relations between Scotland and England are better or worse - or about the same?

SCOTLANDAllMenWomenABC1C2DE
Better8%11%5%11%8%5%8%
Worse24%24%23%29%23%18%23%
About the same65%62%68%57%67%75%66%
ENGLAND & WALESAllMenWomenABC1C2DE
Better8%9%8%7%8%10%8%
Worse14%15%12%16%15%14%8%
About the same73%73%73%70%74%72%77%
 SCOTLANDENGLAND & WALES
Better8%8%
Worse24%14%
About the same65%73%

Your own relationship towards the English is closer or more distant - or about the same?

(England & Wales sample asked about their relationship towards the Scottish)

SCOTLANDAllMenWomenABC1C2DE
Closer8%6%9%3%10%11%9%
More distant4%4%5%3%7%4%4%
About the same86%89%84%94%83%83%84%
ENGLAND & WALESAllMenWomenABC1C2DE
Closer9%9%8%7%8%8%10%
More distant5%6%4%5%6%4%5%
About the same83%84%83%85%83%85%80%
 ENGLAND & WALESSCOTLAND
Closer9%8%
More distant5%4%
About the same83%86%

The Scottish Parliament in Holyrood now has most influence on your life or the UK Parliament in Westminster has most influence on your life – or both influence your life about equally?

SCOTLANDAllMenWomenABC1C2DE
Holyrood10%13%8%10%10%15%9%
Westminster33%38%28%37%36%28%31%
Both equally52%46%58%52%52%45%55%

Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

SCOTLANDAllMenWomenABC1C2DE
Scotland gets too much money from the rest of the UK3%4%2%3%1%4%3%
Scotland gets too little money from the rest of the UK41%35%47%29%38%45%51%
Scotland gets a fair share of money from the rest of the UK50%57%43%61%54%44%41%
ENGLAND & WALESAllMenWomenABC1C2DE
Scotland gets too much money from the rest of the UK31%33%29%36%30%29%26%
Scotland gets too little money from the rest of the UK4%6%3%1%5%4%6%
Scotland gets a fair share of money from the rest of the UK49%51%46%48%49%51%47%
 SCOTLANDENGLAND & WALES
Scotland gets too much money from the rest of the UK3%31%
Scotland gets too little money from the rest of the UK41%4%
Scotland gets a fair share of money from the rest of the UK50%49%

The following questions asked of the England & Wales sample only:

Comparing the situation now with the period before Scottish devolution, would you say that as a result of devolution...

You now support or oppose the idea of there also being an English Parliament, or if you don't have a view either way please say.

ENGLAND & WALESAllMenWomenABC1C2DE
Support41%45%38%44%41%44%36%
Oppose15%19%11%20%17%8%11%
Don't know44%36%51%36%42%48%52%

You now support or oppose the idea of only English MPs being allowed to participate in House of Commons votes on matters only affecting English constituencies, or if you don't have a view either way please say.

ENGLAND & WALESAllMenWomenABC1C2DE
Support52%59%46%58%53%54%43%
Oppose16%15%17%18%19%9%17%
Don't know32%26%37%24%28%36%40%

If a referendum was held in Scotland on whether Scotland should move to become a fully independent country, no longer part of the United Kingdom, would you...

ENGLAND & WALESAllMenWomenABC1C2DE
Hope to see Scottish voters decide to remain part of the United Kingdom49%53%46%58%51%39%46%
Hope to see Scottish voters decide to become an independent country no longer part of the United Kingdom15%18%13%15%12%22%12%
Not mind either way what Scottish voters decided in such a referendum36%29%42%28%37%38%42%
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