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Scottish Social Attitudes: Attitudes to government and political engagement, 2016

Scottish Social Attitudes: Attitudes to government and political engagement, 2016

Friday, March 24, 2017

ISBN: 9781786528766

2016 survey results on attitudes to government, political engagement, economy, standard of living and the NHS

Executive Summary

This report presents the findings of the Scottish Government funded questions in the SSA 2016, covering:

• trust in government

• perceptions of government influence over how Scotland is run

• views on the effects of the Scottish Parliament

• political engagement

• attitudes to the economy, living standards and the National Health Service

We explored whether attitudes and experiences varied by social group.

The Scottish Social Attitudes (SSA) survey has been conducted by the independent research organisation ScotCen annually each year since the advent of devolution in 1999 (with the exception of 2008). It is based on interviews of between 1,200 to 1,700 people in Scotland drawn using probability sampling. The Survey provides an important source of data on attitudes to government and to the Scottish Parliament over this period.

The SSA interviews in 2016 took place between 11th July and 23rd December 2016, after the referendum on the European Union (23rd June 2016).