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22/06/14 00:01

Trust in Scottish Government higher than UK

Scottish Social Attitudes survey published.

Public trust in the Scottish Government to act in Scotland’s best interest is more than twice as high as trust in the UK Government.

New findings from the Scottish Social Attitude (SSA) survey, published today, show that between June and October 2013, 59 per cent of people in Scotland trusted the Scottish Government, compared with 26 per cent who trusted the UK Government.

This compares to 62 per cent trust in the Scottish Government and 31 per cent trust in the UK Government in 2012.

Key findings from the 2013 survey show:

  • 63 per cent of people thought the Scottish Government ought to have the most influence over the way Scotland is run, while 30 per cent think it does have the most influence.
  • 46 per cent of people thought the Scottish Government was ‘very good’ or ‘quite good’ at listening to people’s views, compared to 21 per cent who said the same of the UK Government.
  • Growing the economy remained the most commonly chosen highest priority for the Scottish Government, with 35 per cent of those surveyed picking this option.
  • Satisfaction with the way the NHS in Scotland is run increased from 58 per cent in 2011 to 61 per cent in 2013.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“These findings show that the people of Scotland do not trust the UK Government to act in their best interests. Their trust lies with the Scottish Government, as they know we will listen to their views and act fairly.

“This has been shown through the series of town hall and local Cabinet events that have given communities across Scotland the opportunity to get their opinions across.

“As in previous years, the economy remains the public’s highest priority, just as it remains ours. Which is why, with the powers available to us, we are doing everything possible to deliver more jobs and increase sustainable economic growth.

“This has been shown through the recent Ernst & Young report which states 2014 is set to be the best year for Scotland’s economy since the global financial crisis, as well as the latest labour market statistics which show Scotland is outperforming the UK as a whole.

“The survey also shows that almost two thirds of people believe the Scottish Government should have the most influence over the way Scotland is run, and on September 18, the people of Scotland will have their say on this.

“Only with independence will we be able to see Scotland’s economy, and the country as a whole, reach its full potential.”

Other findings from the survey:
  • Three-quarters – 76 per cent in 2013 – of people in Scotland were confident in the accuracy of Scottish Government official statistics.
  • The proportion who thought that the government should pay for the care of older people, no matter how much money the person has, dropped to 45 per cent in 2013 from 51 per cent in 2011.
  • A quarter (24 per cent) thought the economy had improved over the last 12 months, which was a more positive view than in 2011 when just 1 in 6 people (18 per cent) agreed.
  • People in Scotland continued to have high levels of satisfaction with their job, their family and personal life, their standard of living and their life as a whole. Satisfaction with life as a whole was associated with social connectedness and general social trust.

Notes to editors

The findings above relate to the core module of the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, which is commissioned by the Scottish Government, and carried out by the independent ScotCen Social Research which is part of NatCen Social Research. Since 1999 the survey has asked around 1,200 – 1,500 people what it's like to live in Scotland and what they think about how Scotland is run.

The 2013 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey interviewed a probability sample of 1,497 adults face to face between 25th June and 23rd October 2013. Data are weighted to reflect known patterns of non-response and the age and gender profile of the adult population in Scotland.

Trust in the Scottish Government peaked in 2011 at 71 per cent. This is in keeping with the ‘election bounce’ effect, a pattern of more positive attitudes to government in election years, which has occurred in each election year since the SSA survey series began in 1999. Attitudes have now returned to 2010 levels.


Scottish Social Attitudes survey 2013 Core module

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Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2013

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