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Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2011: Core Module - Attitudes to Government, the Economy and Public Services in Scotland - Research Findings

Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2011: Core Module - Attitudes to Government, the Economy and Public Services in Scotland - Research Findings

Sunday, June 24, 2012

ISBN: 9781780459035

The report uses SSA data from 1999 onwards to explore changing attitudes to government, the economy and public services. It also discusses findings on who people think should be responsible for providing and paying for particular public services.

Executive Summary

The report presents findings from the Scottish Social Attitudes (SSA) survey on three key questions: 1)How have attitudes to government, public services, the economy and living standards changed over time? 2)Who held more positive views on these issues in 2011 (and how did this compare with 2010) 3)Who do people think should be responsible for providing and funding particular public services?

Attitudes towards the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament were significantly more positive in 2011, compared with 2010, on a wide range of measures i.e. more people said they trusted the Scottish Government 'just about always' or 'most of the time' to act in Scotland's best interests (61% in 2010, 71% in 2011) and people were more likely to feel the Scottish Parliament strengthened Scotland's voice in the UK (49% in 2010, 69% in 2011).

While previous evidence from the Scottish and British Social Attitudes Surveys has shown that public views of Government tend to be more positive in election years 'an election bounce'), the extent of the increase in positive attitudes between 2010 and 2011 is particularly striking. On some measures, perceptions of the Scottish Parliament almost matched the (high) expectations of the Parliament seen in the 1999 survey.