HUNTER ANNOUNCES SECOND PHASE POLL RESULTS INDEPENDENCE
CURRENCY AND EU MEMBERSHIP LOW PRIORITIES FOR VOTERS – ECONOMY AND JOB PROSPECTS KEY
Entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sir Tom Hunter has published the results from the second phase in his referendum poll, conducted by TNS, through scotlandseptember18.com in his attempt inject momentum, data and evidence into the Scottish Independence debate.
Announcing phase 2 of the results Hunter noted;
To reiterate this debate is too important to leave to the politicians alone and indeed to let them determine what we should or should not be debating.
Only 3% and 2% of those polled respectively said EU membership or currency was most important to them in deciding how to vote in the referendum yet our politicians see these issues as priorities.
We need to refocus this debate around what’s most important to those who will vote – the economy, employment prospects, education, pensions, benefits and healthcare. Importantly we need to provide robust, fact-based evidence in which to inform decision making for every eligible voter.
Hunter added as a starting point scotlandseptember18.com would commission a deep analysis over the issues voters indicated were of most importance to them in deciding their voting intentions, commenting;
Our starting point in that analysis is the economy and job prospects – can Scotland deliver a robust economy capable of standing on its own two feet?
Hunter added they were now in the process of finding and commissioning research from ‘the best brains in the world’ with unimpeachable credentials to conduct this work.
Summary results of phase 2 of the poll include intriguing findings:
- When asked which of a prompted list of seventeen issues was most important in deciding how you might vote, the economy and job prospects were tied equally with 15% indicating these issues were most important, followed by healthcare (11%), pensions/benefits (8%), education (8%) and then personal finances (6%). Immigration (4%) ranked higher than EU membership and currency.
- A summary of ranked importance of all issues (based on those mentioning each topic as most important to fifth most important) showed healthcare as a number one priority (58%), followed by employment prospects (48%), education (42%), pension/benefits (39%) and the economy (35%). EU membership and currency were ranked twelfth and fourteenth in voter priority with 15% and 12% respectively.
- When asked about which areas were currently devolved to the Scottish Parliament, only 50% of voters were aware that education is already a devolved power, 47% mentioned healthcare and 35% free care for the elderly, with 34% indicating that transport was a devolved power.
- On the issue of wanting more devolved powers for Scotland (either more powers or full independence), among those who voted Conservative in the 2011 Holyrood election 42% indicated they wanted more powers, as did 52% of those who voted Labour and60% of those who voted Lib Dem. 88% of SNP voters indicated they would like Scotland to have more powers.
- Of those wanting more devolved power for Scotland (either full independence or more powers) of those voting in 2011 42% of Conservatives wanted more power, 53% Labour, 60% Lib-Dem and 88% SNP voters wanted more power
- Asked to rank the most important way to receive information to help
make a decision, 45% of voters indicated either TV news or programmes to be most important with the internet/online second at 20%
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