Yes Scotland Welcome Positive Findings of Scottish Social Attitudes Survey
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Chief Executive of Yes Scotland, Blair
Jenkins, has welcomed key findings in the Scottish Social Attitudes
Survey, saying that it needed to catch up further with the
significant changes in the debate on an independent Scotland that
had taken place already this year.
'Importantly, since the poll was conducted
from July to November last year, we have had the Westminster
welfare changes, making one million Scots families worse off, and
the UK Government threatening to take us out of Europe, our largest
trading market,' Mr Jenkins said.
'And we have also had the Westminster
coalition's admission that, as a worst-case scenario, independence
would make every man, woman and child in Scotland only £1 a year
'Much of the field work for this survey was carried out prior to
the Edinburgh Agreement and at a time when it was still a
possibility that devo-max was an option for inclusion on the
referendum ballot paper.
'That said, a significant finding at this
stage is that support for the Scottish Parliament making all
decisions is 35%, the most popular option in this poll. "Strong
majorities" also want Holyrood to have control over decisions on
tax - 56% - and welfare benefit - 64% - and 63% want the Scottish
Government to have more influence in how Scotland's run. That, as
I've said, was before the savage cuts were announced.
'A Yes vote is the way for the Scottish people
to get the control over the future that they want.
'But we in no way minimise the hard work that
we must do to take our independence campaign successfully across
the referendum finishing line next year. We have to persuade those
who believed that devo-max was their preferred choice, not to
mention the one in four undecided voters still out there.
'This debate has a long way to go and we at
the Yes Campaign are confident that we will deliver a positive
result in Autumn 2014.'
• Social Attitudes
Survey is available from ScotCen Social Research www.scotcen.org.uk
• Yes Scotland's
Chief Executive Blair Jenkins OBE is a former Director of
Broadcasting at Scottish Television and former Head of News and
Current Affairs at both STV and BBC Scotland. In 2008, he chaired
the independent Scottish Broadcasting Commission whose
recommendations on the future of the industry were supported by all
parties in the Scottish Parliament. He is a Fellow of the Carnegie
UK Trust. His report for the Trust on the future of news
media, Better Journalism in the Digital Age, was published in
February of this year.
• The other members of the Advisory Board are: Tasmina
Ahmed-Sheikh, Elaine C Smith, Pat Kane, Sarah-Jane Walls, Dan
Macdonald, Colin Fox, Nicola Sturgeon and Andrew Fairlie. A nominee
from the Scottish Green Party has been invited to join the Board
and a 16 or 17-year-old will also join the Board next year.