The option not on the table: Attitudes to more devolution
The Scottish referendum in 2014 will ask people one question - whether they think Scotland should be an independent country. Yet many surveys and polls suggest that another option – significantly
extending the powers of the Scottish Parliament – might be better able than independence to attract support from a majority of Scots. This briefing paper examines public attitudes to further devolution.
We assess its popularity among different groups in Scotland and look at what powers people would like to see devolved. We explore what people expect the practical consequences of more devolution to be.
And we look at how prepared Scotland is to accept the potential political consequences of ‘devo max’ – including a shift away from the block grant and further policy divergence between Scotland and England.