Embargoed until 00:01 25 June 2012
LABOUR AND SNP VOTERS WANT A SECOND QUESTION
56% in favour of a more powers question
A significant majority of both Labour and SNP voters want the referendum to include a second question on giving the Scottish Government more powers according to an Ipsos MORI poll of the public commissioned by the Future of Scotland campaign.
There was also majority support from Liberal Democrats voters and nearly 80% of those who are undecided about independence. Overall, 56% of those who were polled supported a second question.
- 56% of people think there should be a second question on more powers for the Scottish Government. 59% of both Labour and SNP voters favour a second question. 57% of Liberal Democrats also want a second question
- 68% of people want to have a wider debate about Scotland future considering all possible alternatives for the future – support is equally strong among those who support independence (66%) and those who oppose it (66%)
- More young people aged 18-24 (81%) want a second question than over 55’s (42%)
- There is more support among women for a wider debate including further devolution of powers than men (73% of women versus 62% of men) and a second question on the ballot paper (62% of women compared to 50% of men)
Martin Sime, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations which is a member of the Future of Scotland campaign said:
“People in Scotland want to have a meaningful debate about all the options for the future. This won’t come about through political point scoring and simplistic yes or no to independence campaigns.
“Politicians must stop ignoring what their supporters want. They need to get out and talk to people, listen to them, explore all the options and then present their vision for Scotland’s future.”
Notes to editors:
- The Future of Scotland campaign is made up of ten members – Action of Churches Together in Scotland (which encourages people to engage in the debate about the values they want to underpin society), the Centre for Scottish Public Policy, the Church of Scotland, Faith in Community Scotland, the Institute of Directors Scotland, National Union of Students Scotland, Reform Scotland, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations Scotland, Scottish Trades Union Congress and Scottish Youth Parliament.
- The Future of Scotland website can be viewed at www.futureofscotland.org
- 1,003 members of the public were surveyed by Ipsos MORI on 7-13 June 2012
- Read the briefing on the Ipsos MORI poll
- Martin Sime, Chief Executive, SCVO is available for interview and comment
- For more information contact Charlotte McNeill on 0779 060 1995