John Curtice

Professor of Politics
University of Strathclyde
Professor of Politics


This fellowship is focused on public opinion towards Scotland's constitutional future, and will address three key questions:

  • Are people's attitudes towards independence simply a reflection of their sense of national identity, or are they are also shaped by what they think the consequences of independence would be?
  • Will people vote for or against independence simply based on this issue, or will they be influenced by their attitudes towards the UK government or the various political parties?
  • Has introducing devolution inevitably put Scotland on a path towards independence, or can a stable basis be found for governing Scotland within the framework of the United Kingdom?

The fellowship has resulted in the creation of a website,, which provides a comprehensive collection of  data on public attitudes towards Scotland's future together together with blogs and briefings on the subject. This will be followed by a book length study in the new year.



Posts by this author

John Curtice Political Insight 2016;7:4-7

Brexit: Behind the Referendum

Despite four decades of membership, the UK never fully took the European Union to its heart. June’s Brexit vote revealed a social division that reflected very different views about the costs and benefits of the EU, writes John Curtice.

Brexit: Post-Referendum Hopes and Expectations

John Curtice discusses the post-referendum period and how to handle the immediate consequences of the Brexit decision.
Brexit Reflections

Brexit Reflections - How the polls got it wrong again

John Curtice looks at the challenge for opinion polls when estimating the likely outcome of #EURef.

Britain Divided? Who Wants to Leave and Who Wants to Remain

John Curtice discusses how at the moment Britain appears to be split down the middle on whether to leave or remain in Europe.

Introducing: "What Scotland Thinks" Westminster Poll of Polls

John Curtice focusses on what the polls of voting intentions in the UK general election are saying.

Evidence and Confusion: More on Recent Scottish Polling

John Curtice looks at the latest polls on independence, more devolution, further referendums and the party battle.