Publication - Statistics

Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2017: attitudes data

Published: 26 Jun 2018
Directorate:
Constitution and Cabinet Directorate
Part of:
Statistics
ISBN:
9781788519694

This survey provides an important source of data on attitudes to government, the economy and public services over this period.

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Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2017: attitudes data
Scottish Social Attitudes 2017

60 page PDF

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Scottish Social Attitudes 2017

Attitudes to government and the Scottish Parliament

  • In 2017, 61% trusted the Scottish Government to work in Scotland's best interests and 37% to make fair decisions, compared with 65% and 40% respectively in 2016. Consistent with previous years, trust in the UK Government was lower, at 20% and 16% respectively.
  • For the second year in the time series, more people thought that the Scottish Government has most influence over the way Scotland is run (43%) than thought the UK Government had most influence (41%).
  • Almost three quarters (74%) of people said that the Scottish Government should have most influence over the way Scotland is run. 15% said the UK Government should have the most influence.
  • In 2017, 64% said that the Scottish Parliament gives Scotland a stronger voice in the UK, compared with 71% in 2016. Similar to 2016, 57% said it gave ordinary people more say in how Scotland is governed.

Views on the economy and the standard of living in Scotland

  • The most commonly chosen priority for Scottish Government action was to improve standards of education (26%).
  • Half of respondents (50%) said the economy had weakened over the past year, compared with 54% in 2016.
    39% of those respondents attributed this to UK Government policy, 29% to Scottish Government policy and 15% to "some other reason"
  • In 2017 56% said that the general standard of living in Scotland had fallen over the past year, compared with 36% saying this in 2016.
    Of those who had perceived a fall in living standards, 50% attributed the fallen standard to UK Government policy; 16% attributed this to Scottish Government policy, and 14% attributed this to 'some other reason'.

Importance of Voting

  • 92% of respondents said that voting in Scottish Parliament elections was very or fairly important. 88% said this of local elections and 87% of UK general elections. These figures are similar to in 2016.

Views on the National Health Service in Scotland

  • Over half (55%) of respondents were satisfied with the way the NHS was being run in 2017, compared with 60% in 2016.
  • Almost half (49%) said that standards in the health service had fallen over the past year, compared to 37% in 2016. Of those, 46% attributed this to UK Government policy, 27% attributed this to Scottish Government policy, and 13% attributed this to "some other reason".

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