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Public Perceptions of Scotland After Devolution: Findings from the 2004 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey

DescriptionThis report presents the main findings from a core module of questions included in the 2004 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, funded by the Scottish Executive in order to inform policy development and evaluation.
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Website Publication DateSeptember 12, 2005

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Catherine Bromley and Lisa Given
Scottish Centre for Social Research
Scottish Executive Social Research
2005
ISBN 0 7559 2654 4 (Web only publication)

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CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
KNOWLEDGE
TRUST
PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT AND VOTING
EVALUATIONS OF DEVOLUTION
EVALUATIONS OF PUBLIC SERVICES
POLICY PRIORITIES
PERCEPTIONS OF LOCAL AREAS
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
REPORTING CONVENTIONS
CHAPTER TWO: KNOWLEDGE OF GOVERNMENT
CHAPTER AIMS
INTRODUCTION
KNOWLEDGE OF THE SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE'S AND UK GOVERNMENT'S RECENT ACTIVITIES
WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO HAVE HEARD ABOUT THE SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE'S RECENT ACTIVITIES?
KNOWLEDGE OF SCOTTISH GOVERNANCE AND DEVOLUTION
WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO HAVE HIGH LEVELS OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT DEVOLUTION?
KEY POINTS FROM THIS CHAPTER
CHAPTER THREE: TRUST IN GOVERNMENT
CHAPTER AIMS
INTRODUCTION
TRUST IN GOVERNMENT
WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO HAVE HIGH LEVELS OF TRUST IN GOVERNMENT?
THE ROLE OF THE MEDIA
KEY POINTS FROM THIS CHAPTER
CHAPTER FOUR: PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT AND VOTING
CHAPTER AIMS
INTRODUCTION
PERCEPTIONS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF VOTING IN ELECTIONS
REGISTERING VIEWS
HOW GOOD ARE THE SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE AND UK GOVERNMENT AT LISTENING TO PEOPLE'S VIEWS?
HAS DEVOLUTION GIVEN PEOPLE MORE SAY IN HOW SCOTLAND IS RUN?
KEY POINTS FROM THIS CHAPTER
CHAPTER FIVE: EVALUATIONS OF DEVOLUTION
CHAPTER AIMS
INTRODUCTION
POWER AND INFLUENCE
SCOTLAND'S VOICE
KEY POINTS FROM THIS CHAPTER
CHAPTER SIX: EVALUATIONS OF PUBLIC SERVICES
CHAPTER AIMS
INTRODUCTION
PERFORMANCE OVER THE PAST YEAR
EVALUATIONS OVER TIME
THE HEALTH SERVICE
QUALITY OF EDUCATION
PUBLIC TRANSPORT
LIVING STANDARDS
THE ECONOMY
EVALUATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITY
CHANGING RESPONSIBILITIES OVER TIME
KEY POINTS FROM THIS CHAPTER
CHAPTER SEVEN: POLICY PRIORITIES
CHAPTER AIMS
INTRODUCTION
PRIORITIES FOR THE SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE
IS THERE A CONSENSUS AROUND PRIORITIES FOR THE SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE?
KEY POINTS FROM THIS CHAPTER
CHAPTER EIGHT: PERCEPTIONS OF LOCAL AREAS
CHAPTER AIMS
INTRODUCTION
WHAT MAKES AN AREA A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE?
WHAT IS MOST IN NEED OF IMPROVEMENT IN LOCAL AREAS?
RESPONSIBILITY FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO LOCAL AREAS
KEY POINTS FROM THIS CHAPTER
CHAPTER NINE: CONCLUSIONS
REFERENCES
ANNEX 1: RESULTS OF STATISTICAL MODELS
ANNEX 2: TECHNICAL DETAILS OF THE SURVEY
BACKGROUND TO THE SURVEY
SAMPLE DESIGN, FIELDWORK AND RESPONSE
ANALYSIS VARIABLES
ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES
ANNEX 3: SURVEY QUESTIONS AND RESULTS

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Executive Social Research website only
www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch.