Details of Ipsos Mori polls commissioned in the last three months: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/03228
Date received: 18 October 2018  
Date responded: 8 November 2018
Information requested
Details of any Ipsos Mori polls commissioned by the Scottish Government in the last three months. Information should include the questions in the poll, and if possible, the results of the poll.

To keep your request within the FOI cost limits (see below), we have searched finance records for payments made to IpsosMORI since the 1st August 2018.

In these records three payments were made, none of which were specifically for polls. The 3 payments were made for; jury research, a research report on crofting, and behavioral insight.

Alongside other commissioned research, the Scottish Government runs continuous surveys with IpsosMORI throughout the year.

The Scottish Household Survey (SHS) provides evidence on the composition, characteristics, attitudes and behaviors of private households and individuals within Scotland. The latest results for 2017 were published in September and are available here . The questionnaire is available from the same link.

The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey is jointly run by IpsosMORI and ScotCen and asks people about their experiences and perceptions of crime. The main findings from 2016/17 are available at the following link . The questionnaire is available here

Reasons for not providing information

Under section 12 of FOISA public authorities are not required to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying would exceed the upper cost limit, which is currently set at £600 by Regulations made under section 12. 

You may wish to consider reducing the scope of your request in order that the costs can be brought below £600. For example, you could specify the subject matter(s) of the Ipsos MORI polls you are interested in or restrict your request to a specific business area of the Scottish Government, as this would allow us to limit the searches that would require to be conducted. 

You may also find it helpful to look at the Scottish Information Commissioner’s ‘Tips for requesting information under FOI and the EIRs’ on his website at:

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