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ECONOMIC PRIORITIES
Public spending and the deficit
Base: 1,042 Scottish adults aged 18+, 19th - 25th March 2015
1
Source: Ipsos MORI Politica...
Pensions and benefits
Base: 1,042 Scottish adults aged 18+, 19th - 25th March 2015
2PLEASE GIVE EACH POLICY A SCORE BETWEE...
Cost of living
Base: 1,042 Scottish adults aged 18+, 19th - 25th March 2015
3PLEASE GIVE EACH POLICY A SCORE BETWEEN 1 AND...
IMPORTANT
ISSUES
Personal data
Base: 1,042 Scottish adults aged 18+, 19th - 25th March 2015
1
Source: Ipsos MORI Political Monitor
72% 14% ...
Powers for the Scottish Parliament
Base: 1,042 Scottish adults aged 18+, 19th - 25th March 2015
2PLEASE GIVE EACH POLICY A...
Immigration
Base: 1,042 Scottish adults aged 18+, 19th - 25th March 2015
3
Source: Ipsos MORI Political Monitor
52%
58%
18...
Railways
Base: 1,042 Scottish adults aged 18+, 19th - 25th March 2015
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Source: Ipsos MORI Political Monitor
52% 23% 22%
H...
Defence
Base: 1,042 Scottish adults aged 18+, 19th - 25th March 2015
5
Source: Ipsos MORI Political Monitor
23%
45%
18%
28...
Referendums
Base: 1,042 Scottish adults aged 18+, 19th - 25th March 2015
6
Source: Ipsos MORI Political Monitor
48%
50%
10...
Technical details
7
This presents the topline results from Scotland.
Results are based on a survey of 1,042 respondents (a...
General Election 2015: Priorities for Scotland
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General Election 2015: Priorities for Scotland

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Today we publish findings of our poll for BBC Scotland outlining the most important priorities of voters in Scotland. Scoring a range of policy statements about issues ranging from the economy, the EU referendum and a second independence referendum, to immigration and defence spending, voters gives clues as to what they will be looking out for in the party manifestos which will be published over the coming days.

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General Election 2015: Priorities for Scotland

  1. 1. ECONOMIC PRIORITIES
  2. 2. Public spending and the deficit Base: 1,042 Scottish adults aged 18+, 19th - 25th March 2015 1 Source: Ipsos MORI Political Monitor 19% 23% 39% 49% 22% 30% 29% 29% 58% 44% 28% 20% Highest priority (7-10) Medium priority (5-6) Lowest priority (1-4) Increase spending on public services even if it means the deficit doesn’t get eliminated by the end of the next Parliament in 2020 Reduce the amount the government borrows by cutting spending rather than increasing taxes Eliminate the deficit by the end of the next Parliament in 2020 even if it means reduced spending on public services Reduce taxes even if that means cutting public services PLEASE GIVE EACH POLICY A SCORE BETWEEN 1 AND 10, WHERE 1 MEANS THAT YOU THINK IT SHOULD NEVER BE PUT IN PLACE AND 10 MEANS THAT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT AND SHOULD BE PUT IN PLACE QUICKLY Mean score 6.31 5.70 4.61 4.03
  3. 3. Pensions and benefits Base: 1,042 Scottish adults aged 18+, 19th - 25th March 2015 2PLEASE GIVE EACH POLICY A SCORE BETWEEN 1 AND 10, WHERE 1 MEANS THAT YOU THINK IT SHOULD NEVER BE PUT IN PLACE AND 10 MEANS THAT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT AND SHOULD BE PUT IN PLACE QUICKLY Source: Ipsos MORI Political Monitor 38% 51% 78% 22% 22% 15% 39% 25% 8% Highest priority (7-10) Medium priority (5-6) Lowest priority (1-4) Charge better-off older people for things which are currently free to all order people Guarantee that old age pensions will rise over the next five years Put a cap on the total amount paid in welfare benefits to a household Mean score 5.18 7.93 6.28
  4. 4. Cost of living Base: 1,042 Scottish adults aged 18+, 19th - 25th March 2015 3PLEASE GIVE EACH POLICY A SCORE BETWEEN 1 AND 10, WHERE 1 MEANS THAT YOU THINK IT SHOULD NEVER BE PUT IN PLACE AND 10 MEANS THAT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT AND SHOULD BE PUT IN PLACE QUICKLY Source: Ipsos MORI Political Monitor 66% 69% 73% 80% 18% 13% 13% 13% 14% 16% 13% 7% Highest priority (7-10) Medium priority (5-6) Lowest priority (1-4) Increase the minimum wage for those aged 21 and over from £6.50 to £7.85 per hour Stop energy companies from increasing prices for 20 months Increase the top rate of tax to 50p in the pound for those earning more than £150,000 per year Introduce a tax on homes worth more than £2million, commonly known as the Mansion Tax Mean score 8.16 7.73 7.19 7.40
  5. 5. IMPORTANT ISSUES
  6. 6. Personal data Base: 1,042 Scottish adults aged 18+, 19th - 25th March 2015 1 Source: Ipsos MORI Political Monitor 72% 14% 13% Highest priority (7-10) Medium priority (5-6) Lowest priority (1-4) Ensure authorities cannot access personal data unless an individual is suspected of taking part in an illegal activity PLEASE GIVE EACH POLICY A SCORE BETWEEN 1 AND 10, WHERE 1 MEANS THAT YOU THINK IT SHOULD NEVER BE PUT IN PLACE AND 10 MEANS THAT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT AND SHOULD BE PUT IN PLACE QUICKLY Mean score 7.64
  7. 7. Powers for the Scottish Parliament Base: 1,042 Scottish adults aged 18+, 19th - 25th March 2015 2PLEASE GIVE EACH POLICY A SCORE BETWEEN 1 AND 10, WHERE 1 MEANS THAT YOU THINK IT SHOULD NEVER BE PUT IN PLACE AND 10 MEANS THAT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT AND SHOULD BE PUT IN PLACE QUICKLY Source: Ipsos MORI Political Monitor 57% 60% 64% 69% 15% 14% 13% 13% 26% 24% 21% 19% Highest priority (7-10) Medium priority (5-6) Lowest priority (1-4) Give the Scottish Parliament the power to increase benefits and old age pensions Give the Scottish Parliament full control of income tax Give the Scottish Parliament control of all areas of policy apart from Defence and Foreign Affairs Give the Scottish Parliament full control over welfare benefits Mean score 7.29 6.83 6.54 7.06
  8. 8. Immigration Base: 1,042 Scottish adults aged 18+, 19th - 25th March 2015 3 Source: Ipsos MORI Political Monitor 52% 58% 18% 15% 30% 26% Highest priority (7-10) Medium priority (5-6) Lowest priority (1-4) Stop immigrants from the rest of the EU from claiming welfare benefits until they have been in the UK for at least 4 years Impose a limit on the number of people coming to live in the UK PLEASE GIVE EACH POLICY A SCORE BETWEEN 1 AND 10, WHERE 1 MEANS THAT YOU THINK IT SHOULD NEVER BE PUT IN PLACE AND 10 MEANS THAT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT AND SHOULD BE PUT IN PLACE QUICKLY Mean score 6.78 6.33
  9. 9. Railways Base: 1,042 Scottish adults aged 18+, 19th - 25th March 2015 4 Source: Ipsos MORI Political Monitor 52% 23% 22% Highest priority (7-10) Medium priority (5-6) Lowest priority (1-4) Bring the railways into public ownership PLEASE GIVE EACH POLICY A SCORE BETWEEN 1 AND 10, WHERE 1 MEANS THAT YOU THINK IT SHOULD NEVER BE PUT IN PLACE AND 10 MEANS THAT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT AND SHOULD BE PUT IN PLACE QUICKLY Mean score 6.46
  10. 10. Defence Base: 1,042 Scottish adults aged 18+, 19th - 25th March 2015 5 Source: Ipsos MORI Political Monitor 23% 45% 18% 28% 56% 25% Highest priority (7-10) Medium priority (5-6) Lowest priority (1-4) Increase the amount spent on the armed forces Renew and upgrade Trident, Britain’s nuclear deterrent PLEASE GIVE EACH POLICY A SCORE BETWEEN 1 AND 10, WHERE 1 MEANS THAT YOU THINK IT SHOULD NEVER BE PUT IN PLACE AND 10 MEANS THAT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT AND SHOULD BE PUT IN PLACE QUICKLY Mean score 6.15 4.01
  11. 11. Referendums Base: 1,042 Scottish adults aged 18+, 19th - 25th March 2015 6 Source: Ipsos MORI Political Monitor 48% 50% 10% 17% 42% 31% Highest priority (7-10) Medium priority (5-6) Lowest priority (1-4) Hold a referendum to ask people whether they wish to stay in or leave the European Union Hold another referendum on Scottish independence within the next five years PLEASE GIVE EACH POLICY A SCORE BETWEEN 1 AND 10, WHERE 1 MEANS THAT YOU THINK IT SHOULD NEVER BE PUT IN PLACE AND 10 MEANS THAT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT AND SHOULD BE PUT IN PLACE QUICKLY Mean score 6.08 5.63
  12. 12. Technical details 7 This presents the topline results from Scotland. Results are based on a survey of 1,042 respondents (adults aged 18+) conducted by telephone. Fieldwork dates: 19th-25th March 2015. Data are weighted by: age, sex and working status using census data; tenure using SHS data; and public-private sector employment using Scottish Government Quarterly Public Sector Employment series data. Where results do not sum to 100%, this may be due to computer rounding, multiple responses, or the exclusion of “don’t know” categories. Results are based on all respondents (1,042) unless otherwise stated. Contact us: Mark Diffley: mark.diffley@ipsos.com; Ciaran Mulholland: ciaran.mulholland@ipsos.com; David Myers: david.myers@ipsos.com 0131 220 5699

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