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

This 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.

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ANNEX A - Detailed Tables

Notes on tables

  • '*' indicates less than 0.5 percent but greater than zero
  • '-' indicates no respondents gave this answer
  • All figures are rounded to the nearest whole number (from 2 decimal places, such that 0.49 rounds down and 0.51 up)

Chapter 2 detailed tables

Table A.1: How much do you trust the UK government to work in Scotland's best long-term interest? (column %)

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
% % % % % %
Just about always 3 1 2 2 2 2
Most of the time 29 16 20 17 19 20
Only some of the time 52 54 55 51 58 50
Almost never 14 26 22 26 20 26
(Don't know) - - - - - 2
(Not answered) - - - - - *
Sample size 1482 1663 1605 1665 1508 1637
2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
% % % % % %
Just about always 2 2 3 2 3 3
Most of the time 21 19 32 23 19 15
Only some of the time 53 52 44 48 51 49
Almost never 21 24 18 24 23 31
(Don't know) 3 3 3 3 3 2
(Not answered) * - * - - -
Sample size 1549 1594 1508 1482 1495 1197

Table A.2: How much do you trust the Scottish Government/Executive /Parliament* to work in Scotland's best interests?

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
% % % % % %
Just about always 26 9 13 9 10 9
Most of the time 55 45 52 43 52 43
Only some of the time 14 34 29 34 31 37
Almost never 2 9 5 11 4 10
(Don't know) - - - - - 2
(Not answered) - - - - - *
Sample size 1482 1663 1605 1665 1508 1637
2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
% % % % % %
Just about always 10 8 14 14 13 20
Most of the time 46 43 57 47 47 51
Only some of the time 33 37 22 31 31 23
Almost never 7 8 4 5 6 5
(Don't know) 3 3 4 3 2 1
(Not answered) * - * * * -
Sample size 1549 1594 1508 1482 1495 1197

*Prior to 2004, the question asked about the Parliament. In 2004 an experiment was run whereby half the sample was asked about the Scottish Parliament and half was asked about the Scottish Executive. The change of wording made negligible difference to the responses given therefore the combined results are shown here. In 2009, the wording was changed again to ask about the Scottish Government, following the September 2007 name change.

Table A.3: How much do you trust the UK government to make fair decisions? (column %)

2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
% % % % %
A great deal 2 3 2 3 3
Quite a lot 21 30 17 21 15
Some 46 43 48 44 42
Not very much 23 17 24 23 27
Not at all 6 4 7 7 11
(Don't know) 3 3 2 2 1
(Not answered) - * * - -
Sample size 1594 1508 1482 1495 1197

Table A.4: How much do you trust the Scottish Government to make fair decisions? (column %)

2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
% % % % %
A great deal 3 4 4 4 8
Quite a lot 29 42 32 32 38
Some 46 39 46 46 39
Not very much 15 8 13 13 11
Not at all 5 2 3 3 3
(Don't know) 3 4 3 2 1
(Not answered) * * * - -
Sample size 1594 1508 1482 1495 1197

Table A.5: How much would you say you've seen or heard about the work of the UK government over the last twelve months?

2004 2005 2006 2009 2010 2011
% % % % % %
A great deal 11 12 14 23 21 13
Quite a lot 23 27 27 29 27 32
Some 29 26 26 23 26 26
Not very much 31 29 26 19 21 22
Nothing at all 5 5 6 4 4 6
(Don't know) 1 2 1 1 1 1
(Not answered) - * - - - -
Sample size 1637 1549 1594 1482 1495 1197

Note: this question was not asked on SSA 2007

Table A.6: And how much would you say you've seen or heard about the work of the Scottish Government/Executive* over the last twelve months?

2004 2005 2006 2009 2010 2011
% % % % % %
A great deal 9 7 8 14 11 13
Quite a lot 21 24 27 32 27 36
Some 30 28 31 29 31 27
Not very much 33 34 26 20 26 20
Nothing at all 7 7 7 4 4 3
(Don't know) 1 1 1 1 1 *
(Not answered) - * - - - -
Sample size 1637 1549 1594 1482 1495 1197

Note: this question was not asked on SSA 2007

* Prior to 2009, the question asked about the 'Scottish Executive'.

Table A.7: In general how good would you say the Scottish Executive/Government* is at listening to people's views before it takes decisions?

2004 2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
% % % % % % %
Very good 1 3 2 2 4 3 6
Quite good 31 32 34 41 44 41 50
Not very good 41 38 39 35 33 37 26
Not at all good 17 16 14 9 8 11 8
(Don't know) 10 12 11 13 11 8 9
(Not answered) * * - * - - -
Sample size 1637 1549 1594 1508 1482 1495 1197

*From 2004-2007, the question asked about the Scottish Executive. In 2009, the question was amended to ask about the Scottish Government.

Table A.8: And how good would you say the UK government is at listening to people's views before it takes decisions?

2004 2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
% % % % % % %
Very good 1 1 1 * 1 1 1
Quite good 14 15 17 21 17 21 18
Not very good 50 52 49 50 51 51 48
Not at all good 30 25 27 21 23 20 27
(Don't know) 6 7 7 8 7 7 6
(Not answered) * * * * - - -
Sample size 1637 1549 1594 1508 1482 1495 1197

Table A.9: From what you have seen and heard so far do you think that having a Scottish parliament is giving ordinary people…

1997* 1999** 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
% % % % % % %
...more say in how Scotland is governed 79 64 44 38 31 39 31
...less say 2 2 3 4 4 4 6
...or, is it making no difference 17 32 51 56 62 54 60
(Don't know) - - - - - - 3
(Not answered) - - - - - - *
Sample size 882 1482 1663 1605 1665 1508 1637
2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
% % % % % %
...more say in how Scotland is governed 37 37 47 47 42 60
...less say 5 5 3 3 4 3
...or, is it making no difference 55 55 45 47 50 33
(Don't know) 4 4 4 3 4 4
(Not answered) * - * * - -
Sample size 1549 1594 1508 1482 1495 1197

*1997 data source = Referendum study
**1999-2009 data source = Scottish Social Attitudes survey

Note: The question wording in each year was:
1999 "Will a Scottish Parliament…"
2000 "Do you think that having a Scottish parliament is going to…"
2001 onwards "Do you think that having a Scottish Parliament is giving…"

Table A.10: From what you have seen and heard so far do you think that having a Scottish parliament is giving Scotland.....

1997 Ref 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
% % % % % % %
...a stronger voice in the United Kingdom 70 70 52 52 39 49 35
...a weaker voice in the United Kingdom 9 7 6 6 7 7 7
...or, is it making no difference? 17 20 40 40 52 41 55
(Don't know) - - - - - - 3
(Not answered) - - - - - - *
Sample size 882 1482 1663 1605 1665 1508 1637
2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
% % % % % %
...a stronger voice in the United Kingdom 41 43 61 52 49 69
...a weaker voice in the United Kingdom 6 6 4 5 6 3
...or, is it making no difference? 50 49 32 40 42 26
(Don't know) 3 3 3 3 3 2
(Not answered) * - * * - -
Sample size 1549 1594 1508 1482 1495 1197

Note:

The question wording in each year was:
1999 "Will a Scottish Parliament…"
2000 "Do you think that having a Scottish parliament is going to…"
2001 onwards "Do you think that having a Scottish Parliament is giving…"

Table A.11: Trust Scottish Government/Executive 'just about always'/'most of the time' to act in Scotland's best interests, by demographic factors, newspaper readership and political attitudes, 2010 and 2011 (cell %)

2010 Sample size 2011 Sample size Change 10 to 11
ALL 61 1495 71 1197 +10
Gender
Men 66 662 77 528 +11
Women 56 833 66 669 +10
Education
None 46 337 61 284 +15
Degree/HE 67 498 79 403 +12
Newspaper readership
Tabloid 58 480 67 398 +9
Broadsheet 66 285 79 211 +13
No paper 61 703 73 563 +12
Party identification
Conservative 59 215 70 124 +11
Labour 60 485 70 353 +10
Lib Dem 72 185 69 68 -3
SNP 75 256 84 397 +9
None 44 205 56 147 +12
Other 53 149 54 108 +1
Interest in politics
A great deal/quite a lot 67 491 83 398 +16
Some 63 510 73 351 +10
Not very much/none 52 494 60 448 +8
Constitutional preference
UK govt should make all decisions 30 142 33 64 +3
UK govt tax, benefits, defence and foreign affairs, Scottish Parliament everything else 63 418 67 273 +4
UK govt defence and foreign affairs, Scottish Parliament everything else 66 468 75 357 +9
Scottish Parliament should make all decisions 66 424 76 473 +10

Table A.12: Belief that Scottish Government is 'very/quite good' at listening, by demographic factors, newspaper readership and political attitudes, 2010 and 2011 (cell %)

2010 Sample size 2011 Sample size Change 10 to 11
ALL 45 1495 56 1197 +11
Gender
Men 46 662 60 528 +14
Women 43 833 53 669 +10
Education
None 37 337 54 284 +17
Degree/HE 48 498 62 403 +14
Newspaper readership
Tabloid 37 480 55 398 +18
Broadsheet 51 285 63 211 +12
No paper 48 703 56 563 +8
Party identification
Conservative 37 215 49 124 +12
Labour 43 485 59 353 +16
Lib Dem 55 185 53 68 -2
SNP 58 256 75 397 +17
None 28 205 26 147 -2
Other 48 149 38 108 -10
Interest in politics
A great deal/quite a lot 51 491 71 398 +20
Some 47 510 60 351 +13
Not very much/none 36 494 42 448 +6
Constitutional preference
UK govt should make all decisions 20 142 20 64 0
UK govt tax, benefits, defence and foreign affairs, Scottish Parliament everything else 40 418 49 273 +9
UK govt defence and foreign affairs, Scottish Parliament everything else 52 468 61 357 +9
Scottish Parliament should make all decisions 52 424 64 473 +12

Table A.13: Belief having a Scottish Parliament gives ordinary people more say in how Scotland is run, by demographic factors, newspaper readership and political attitudes, 2010 and 2011 (cell %)

2010 Sample size 2011 Sample size Change 10 to 11
ALL 42 1495 60 1197 +18
Gender
Men 44 662 67 528 +23
Women 40 833 54 669 +14
Education
None 31 337 54 284 +23
Degree/HE 50 498 67 403 +17
Newspaper readership
Tabloid 33 480 57 398 +24
Broadsheet 52 285 68 211 +16
No paper 45 703 61 563 +16
Party identification
Conservative 30 215 51 124 +21
Labour 40 485 61 353 +21
Lib Dem 49 185 58 68 +9
SNP 60 256 78 397 +18
None 34 205 35 147 +1
Other 34 149 41 108 +7
Interest in politics
A great deal/quite a lot 51 491 74 398 +23
Some 41 510 61 351 +20
Not very much/none 34 494 48 448 +14
Constitutional preference
UK govt should make all decisions 8 142 21 64 +13
UK govt tax, benefits, defence and foreign affairs, Scottish Parliament everything else 40 418 53 273 +13
UK govt defence and foreign affairs, Scottish Parliament everything else 50 468 63 357 +13
Scottish Parliament should make all decisions 47 424 68 473 +21

Table A.14: Belief having a Scottish Parliament gives Scotland a stronger voice in the UK, by demographic factors, newspaper readership and political attitudes, 2010 and 2011 (cell %)

2010 Sample size 2011 Sample size Change 10 to 11
ALL 49 1495 69 1197 +20
Gender
Men 51 662 72 528 +21
Women 47 833 65 669 +18
Education
None 37 337 59 284 +22
Degree/HE 60 498 76 403 +16
Newspaper readership
Tabloid 40 480 66 398 +26
Broadsheet 63 285 74 211 +9
No paper 51 703 69 563 +18
Party identification
Conservative 47 215 65 124 +18
Labour 43 485 67 353 +24
Lib Dem 63 185 65 68 +2
SNP 68 256 83 397 +15
None 38 205 45 147 +7
Other 39 149 66 108 +27
Interest in politics
A great deal/quite a lot 59 491 81 398 +22
Some 48 510 74 351 +26
Not very much/none 41 494 54 448 +13
Constitutional preference
UK govt should make all decisions 13 142 26 64 +13
UK govt tax, benefits, defence and foreign affairs, Scottish Parliament everything else 52 418 66 273 +14
UK govt defence and foreign affairs, Scottish Parliament everything else 56 468 70 357 +14
Scottish Parliament should make all decisions 54 424 75 473 +21

Chapter 3 detailed tables

Table A.15: What about the Scotland's economy? Has it got stronger or weaker since (month of interview) 2009?

2004 2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
% % % % % % %
A lot stronger 3 2 2 2 1 * 2
A little stronger 25 21 28 28 7 11 16
Stayed the same 29 34 28 36 11 15 16
A little weaker 22 19 18 10 43 41 39
A lot weaker 5 3 2 1 29 23 18
(Don't know) 17 22 21 22 8 9 9
Sample size 1637 1549 1594 1508 1482 1495 1197

Table A.16: What about the general standard of living in Scotland? Has it increased or fallen since (month of interview) 2009?

1999 2001 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
% % % % % % % % % %
Increased a lot 2 3 4 4 3 4 2 3 2 2
Increased a little 27 27 30 27 25 30 27 13 11 9
Stayed the same 43 45 36 40 45 37 41 25 28 19
Fallen a little 18 15 17 18 17 17 16 38 38 39
Fallen a lot 6 4 7 6 4 5 4 16 16 29
(Don't know) 5 6 7 5 7 6 9 4 4 2
Sample size 1482 1605 1508 1637 1549 1594 1508 1482 1495 1197

Note:
The question wording in each year was:
1999 and 2001 "Thinking back to the UK general election in 1997"
2003 "Thinking back to the last Scottish election in 1999"
2004 onwards "since (month of interview) (previous year)".

Table A.17a: Satisfaction with different aspects of life (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011)

Job? Family/personal life? Standard of living?
2007 2009 2010 2011 2007 2009 2010 2011 2007 2009 2010 2011
% % % % % % % % %
0 (extremely dissatisfied/ unhappy) 1 1 2 3 * * * * * * * 1
1 1 3 3 * * * * * * * 1 *
2 3 1 3 2 * * * * 1 1 * 1
3 3 5 3 4 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2
4 4 3 4 4 2 1 2 2 3 3 3 2
5 10 10 7 9 3 5 5 4 5 7 7 6
6 9 7 6 8 4 4 4 3 7 8 9 7
7 18 18 23 17 11 9 10 10 17 16 18 16
8 28 28 24 28 23 22 20 22 30 27 27 27
9 15 10 13 11 23 22 23 22 19 18 18 18
10 (extremely satisfied/ happy) 9 15 13 13 31 36 34 35 16 17 16 19
Don't know * * * * 1 * * * * * * -
Not answered - - - - * * * - * - - -
MEAN1 7.04 7.14 7.08 7.08 8.41 8.46 8.39 8.43 7.79 7.64 7.68 7.77
Sample size 827 765 756 674 1508 1482 1495 1197 1508 1482 1495 1197
Sample size excluding DK/not answered 825 764 755 671 1492 1475 1488 1193 1498 1480 1493 1197

Table A.17b: Satisfaction with life as a whole (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011)

2007 2009 2010 2011
% % %
0 (extremely dissatisfied/ unhappy) * * 1 1
1 * * * *
2 * * * 1
3 1 1 1 1
4 1 2 1 1
5 5 5 6 5
6 7 5 6 7
7 14 14 14 16
8 30 29 27 26
9 23 23 22 21
10 (extremely satisfied/ happy) 19 21 21 22
Don't know * - * *
Not answered * * * -
MEAN1 8.06 8.04 8.00 8.04
Sample size 1508 1482 1495 1197
Sample size excluding DK/not answered 1495 1479 1487 1196

Table A.18: Sample sizes for Table 3.2

2007 2009 2010 2011
ALL 1498 1480 1493 1197
Employment status
In work/ waiting to take up paid work 828 767 760 611
Education/ training scheme 37 35 44 33
Unemployed 62 75 80 58
Retired 378 416 447 355
Permanently sick or disabled 69 82 63 66
Looking after the home 107 87 85 68
Employment sector
Private 752 608 743 572
Public & voluntary sector 466 467 466 391
Self-employed 148 146 170 135
Household Income
Bottom quartile 268 321 409 322
2 375 288 310 208
3 263 259 263 233
Top quartile 323 331 259 205
Self-rated hardship1
Living very/fairly comfortably 794 699 796 653
Coping 563 590 445 332
Finding if difficult/very difficult 148 183 238 205

1 - NB the wording of this question was changed in 2010, from asking people whether they were living comfortably, coping or finding it difficult on their income, to asking whether they were living comfortably, struggling, or neither.

Chapter 4 detailed tables

Table A.19: Thinking back over the last twelve months*, that is since (month of interview) 2010, would you say that since then the standard of the health service in Scotland has increased or fallen? (1999, 2001, 2003-2007, 2009-11)

1999 2001 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
% % % % % % % % % %
Increased a lot 2 2 2 3 2 4 2 4 3 4
Increased a little 21 21 18 15 15 16 17 22 16 18
Stayed the same 35 29 25 31 38 31 45 41 35 39
Fallen a little 20 26 26 23 24 23 20 17 21 19
Fallen a lot 14 15 20 23 12 18 6 8 14 12
(Don't know) 8 7 8 5 10 8 10 8 11 9
(Not answered) - - - - * - - - - -
Sample size 1482 1605 1508 1637 1549 1594 1508 1482 1495 1197

*The question wording in each year was:
1999 and 2001 "Thinking back to the UK general election in 1997"
2003 "Thinking back to the last Scottish election in 1999"
2004 onwards "Thinking back over the last 12 months".

Table A.20: And what about the quality of education in Scotland? Has it increased or fallen since (month of interview) 2010?* (1999, 2001, 2003-2007, 2009-11)

1999 2001 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
% % % % % % % % % %
Increased a lot 3 3 3 3 2 4 1 2 3 4
Increased a little 23 24 22 23 23 26 18 20 16 16
Stayed the same 32 33 27 37 39 32 45 38 35 30
Fallen a little 17 16 18 15 12 13 10 15 17 18
Fallen a lot 7 5 11 7 5 5 2 4 6 8
(Don't know) 19 19 19 16 20 20 23 22 23 24
Sample size 1482 1605 1508 1637 1549 1594 1508 1482 1495 1197

*The question wording in each year was:
1999 and 2001 "Thinking back to the UK general election in 1997"
2003 "Thinking back to the last Scottish election in 1999"
2004 onwards "since the (month of interview) (previous year)".

Table A.21: And what about the standard of public transport in Scotland? Has it increased or fallen since (month of interview) 2010? (1999, 2001, 2003-2007, 2009-11)

2004 2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
% % % % % % %
Increased a lot 5 2 7 4 4 4 3
Increased a little 20 19 22 23 19 14 13
Stayed the same 41 36 34 38 41 45 39
Fallen a little 14 16 12 12 15 12 14
Fallen a lot 8 6 7 6 4 6 7
(Don't know) 13 21 18 17 18 19 23
(Not answered) - * - * - - -
Sample size 1637 1549 1594 1508 1482 1495 1197

Table A.22: Satisfaction with they way the NHS runs nowadays (1999, 2005-2007, 2011)

1999 2005 2006 2007 2011
% % % % %
Very satisfied 9 7 6 10 12
Quite satisfied 46 33 39 41 44
Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 17 16 18 14 20
Quite dissatisfied 19 27 29 22 17
Very dissatisfied 7 16 8 11 6
Don't know 1 * 1 1 1
Not answered * - * * -
Sample Size 1482 1549 1594 1508 1197

Chapter 5 detailed tables

Table A.23: Who has most influence over the way Scotland is run? (1999-2007, 2009-2011, %)

1999* 2000 2001 2003 2004 2005
% % % % % %
The Scottish Government/Executive/ Parliament 41 13 15 17 19 23
The UK government at Westminster 39 66 66 64 48 47
Local councils in Scotland 8 10 9 7 20 15
The European Union 5 4 7 5 6 8
(Don't know) 8 8 - 6 7 7
(Not answered) - - - - * *
Sample size 1482 1663 1605 1508 1637 1549
2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
% % % % %
The Scottish Government/Executive/ Parliament 24 28 33 37 38
The UK government at Westminster 38 47 39 45 38
Local councils in Scotland 18 8 11 7 13
The European Union 11 9 10 7 7
(Don't know) 9 7 7 5 4
(Not answered) * * - - -
Sample size 1594 1508 1482 1495 1197

*In 1999 the question wording was: "When the new parliament starts work, which of the following do you think will have most influence over the way Scotland is run"

Table A.24: Which do you think ought to have most influence over the way Scotland is run?

1999 2000 2001 2003 2004 2005
% % % % % %
The Scottish Government/Executive/Parliament* 74 72 74 66 67 67
The UK government at Westminster 13 13 14 20 12 13
Local councils in Scotland 8 10 8 9 17 15
The European Union 1 1 1 1 1 1
(Don't know) - 5 - - 3 4
(Not answered) - - - - * *
Sample size 1482 1663 1605 1508 1637 1549
2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
% % % % %
The Scottish Government/Executive/ Parliament * 64 71 72 74 73
The UK government at Westminster 11 14 13 16 13
Local councils in Scotland 19 9 11 6 11
The European Union 1 1 * 1 1
(Don't know) 4 4 3 3 2
(Not answered) * * - - -
Sample size 1594 1508 1482 1495 1197

*In 2004 an experiment was run whereby half the sample was asked about the Scottish Parliament and half was asked about the Scottish Executive. The change of wording made negligible difference to the responses given, therefore the combined results are shown here. In subsequent years (2005-2007), the question asked solely about the Scottish Executive.

Table A.25: Views on what standards in the health service in last 12 months are mainly the result of…

2001 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
% % % % % % % % %
Mainly the result of the UK government's policies at Westminster 53 38 42 39 32 34 23 32 31
Mainly the result of the Scottish Government/Executive's2 policies 11 21 20 23 25 23 30 28 31
For some other reason 16 17 18 14 18 17 21 18 17
(Both Westminster and Scottish Executive) 4 7 7 5 7 4 9 4 4
(Don't know) 8 8 9 9 10 13 9 7 7
(Not answered)1 7 8 5 10 8 10 8 11 9
Sample size 1605 1508 1637 1549 1594 1508 1482 1495 1197

Note:

In 1999 the follow-up question simply asked whether any differences were the result of the policies of the Labour government at Westminster therefore they are not reported here.

1 NB 'Not answered' includes those routed past this follow-up question because they answered 'don't know' when asked whether standards had increased or fallen in the last 12 months. However, they are included in the base here so that the figures are representative of the views of the population as a whole as to who is responsible for public service standards in the last 12 months.

2 NB the question wording changed in 2009 to ask about the 'Scottish Government', following the change of name from 'Scottish Executive' to 'Scottish Government' in September 2007.

Table A.26: Views on what standards in education in last 12 months are mainly the result of…

2001 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
% % % % % % % % %
Mainly the result of the UK government's policies at Westminster 40 30 29 28 20 22 15 20 20
Mainly the result of the Scottish Government/Executive's2 policies 19 25 28 30 33 28 35 33 33
For some other reason 14 12 15 12 15 15 18 15 14
(Both Westminster and Scottish Executive) 3 7 5 4 5 3 6 3 4
(Don't know) 5 7 7 7 6 9 5 6 4
(Not answered) 1 19 19 16 20 20 23 22 23 24
Sample size 1605 1508 1637 1549 1594 1508 1482 1495 1197

Note:

In 1999 the follow-up question simply asked whether any differences were the result of the policies of the Labour government at Westminster therefore they are not reported here.

1 See note re. 'Not answered' below Table A.38.

2 NB the question wording changed in 2009 to ask about the 'Scottish Government', following the change of name from 'Scottish Executive' to 'Scottish Government' in September 2007.

Table A.27: Views on what standards in public transport in last 12 months are mainly the result of…

2004 2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
% % % % % % %
Mainly the result of the UK government's policies at Westminster 17 20 13 17 11 10 12
Mainly the result of the Scottish Government/Executive's2 policies 28 28 31 31 31 36 34
For some other reason 29 21 25 22 26 24 21
(Both Westminster and Scottish Executive) 5 4 4 3 6 3 3
(Don't know) 8 6 9 9 8 8 6
(Not answered) 1 13 21 18 18 18 19 23
Sample size 1637 1549 1594 1508 1482 1495 1197

1 See note re. 'Not answered' below Table A.35.

2 NB the question wording changed in 2009 to ask about the 'Scottish Government', following the change of name from 'Scottish Executive' to 'Scottish Government' in September 2007.

Table A.28: Views on what strength/weakness of Scotland's economy in last 12 months is mainly the result of…

2004 2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
% % % % % % %
Mainly the result of the UK government's policies at Westminster 28 30 21 24 31 35 38
Mainly the result of the Scottish Government/Executive's2 policies 28 27 28 28 14 18 24
For some other reason 17 13 18 15 36 30 19
(Both Westminster and Scottish Executive) 6 5 7 4 8 6 6
(Don't know) 5 5 4 7 3 3 2
(Not answered) 1 17 22 21 22 8 9 9
Sample size 1637 1549 1594 1508 1482 1495 1197

1 NB 'Not answered' includes those routed past this follow-up question because they answered 'don't know' when asked whether standards had increased or fallen in the last 12 months. However, they are included in the base here so that the figures are representative of the views of the population as a whole as to who is responsible for economic performance in the last 12 months.

2 NB the question wording changed in 2009 to ask about the 'Scottish Government', following the change of name from 'Scottish Executive' to 'Scottish Government' in September 2007.

Table A.29: Views on what general standard of living in last 12 months is mainly the result of…

2001 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
% % % % % % % % %
Mainly the result of the UK government's policies at Westminster 53 43 38 42 33 37 31 39 47
Mainly the result of the Scottish Government/Executive's2 policies 12 18 18 17 21 19 15 16 13
For some other reason 18 16 24 19 22 22 34 30 25
(Both Westminster and Scottish Executive) 6 10 7 6 8 4 8 5 8
(Don't know) 7 8 9 10 9 10 6 5 4
(Not answered) 1 6 7 5 7 6 9 5 4 2
Sample size 1605 1508 1637 1549 1594 1508 1482 1495 1197

Note:

In 1999 the follow-up question simply asked whether any differences were the result of the policies of the Labour government at Westminster therefore they are not reported here.

1 See note re. 'Not answered' below Table A.23

2 NB the question wording changed in 2009 to ask about the 'Scottish Government', following the change of name from 'Scottish Executive' to 'Scottish Government' in September 2007.

Table A.30: Sample sizes for Table 5.2 (2010 & 2011)

Those who say standards have …
… Increased/stronger (credit) … Fallen/weaker (blame)
2010 2011 2010 2011
Health Service 286 236 524 388
Education 266 210 340 316
Public transport 260 182 277 243
Economy 177 193 941 683
Standard of living 211 121 798 803

Chapter 6 detailed tables

Table A.31: How much are you in favour or against charging people for the cost of their meals while in hospital?

2007 2011
% %
Strongly in favour 1 3
Somewhat in favour 9 13
Neither in favour nor against 7 8
Somewhat against 26 21
Strongly against 56 55
(Don't know) * *
(Refused) - -
Sample size 1508 1197

Table A.32: How much are you in favour or against charging parents for the cost of individual music lessons for their child?

2007 2011
% %
Strongly in favour 6 13
Somewhat in favour 32 28
Neither in favour nor against 14 13
Somewhat against 24 21
Strongly against 22 24
(Don't know) 2 1
(Refused) - -
Sample size 1508 1197

Table A.33: How much are you in favour or against charging parents for the cost of a school trip to a local museum?

2007 2011
% %
Strongly in favour 6 11
Somewhat in favour 38 39
Neither in favour nor against 13 9
Somewhat against 24 20
Strongly against 17 21
(Don't know) 2 *
(Refused) - -
Sample size 1508 1197

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