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Holyrood not Westminster should have the right to decide on a new Independence Referendum say majority of Scots – Survation for the SNP

New polling by Survation of residents in Scotland show that a majority (53%) think that the Scottish Parliament should have the right to decide if there should be another Scottish Independence Referendum, rather than the UK Parliament in Westminster (34%). This includes almost a third (31%) who did not vote for independence in 2014.

Removing those who did not have an opinion, 61% think the right should fall on Holyrood, compared to 39% who think the right should lie with Westminster.

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Referendum Timing?

Half (50%) believe that the right to determine the timing of a future referendum should also lie with the Scottish Parliament than those who thought Westminster should have that power – 39%. Once again, removing those who said ‘don’t know’ (11%) leaves 56% thinking the timing of another Independence Referendum should be in the hands of Holyrood compared to Westminster (44%).

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Should Westminster have the right to block The Scottish Parliament?

Finally, 54% of Scots said that they did not think that Westminster should have the right to block any plans for a referendum in Scotland once it has been voted for and agreed on by the Scottish Parliament. 39% said that Westminster should have the right to block such plans, even if they had been voted for in Holyrood, with 7% saying that they didn’t know; removing those shows that 58% think that Westminster should not be able to block the plans, the 42% saying they should.

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Full tables are available here.

Survation interviewed 1,014 Scottish adults aged 16+ via telephone on the 28th and 29th March 2017. Survation is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

To find out more about Survation’s services, and how you can conduct a telephone or online poll for your research needs, please visit our services page.

Chris Hopkins

Chris Hopkins

Survation's Senior Project Manager and all-round superstar from 2014-2018. Chris's only experience of failure during this period related to his loyal support of Colchester United and a close affinity with Ricky Gervais' character David Brent in the UK TV version of "The Office". Chris is currently Data Visualisation & Statistics Specialist at House of Commons. Chris graduated in 2013, having studied British Politics and Legislative Studies at The University of Hull School of Politics, Philosophy and International Studies. Course leader, Lord Norton of Louth.

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