Scottish independence survey: How would you vote if no change to living standard

This statistic shows a distribution of respondents to a survey question in 2013 designed to find out how the Scottish would vote in the upcoming referendum on independence from the United Kingdom if there were to be no change either way to the standard of living in the country. There is a great deal of campaigning taking place on both sides of the independence argument. The Scottish National Party want a completely autonomous Scotland whilst the Conservative led United Kingdom government is fighting for the centuries old union to remain. Standard of living is an important point being discussed by both groups with claims being made which often contradict those of the opposition. When taking away this factor, essentially boiling the issue down to political and nationalistic feeling and opinion, the largest group of respondents said that they would still be against leaving the United Kingdom.

Would you be in favour or against independence if no difference to standard of living?

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Release date

January 2014


United Kingdom (Scotland)

Survey time period

January 2013

Number of respondents

1,497 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Scottish residents

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Full question: "Say that it was clear that if Scotland became an independent country, separate from the rest of the UK, it would make little difference to the standard of living, and on average people would be no better or worse off. In those circumstances, would you be in favour or against Scotland becoming an independent country? "

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