Majority of Scots (57%) believe the UK Government should do more to support the Scotch Whisky industry

Recent polling by Survation on behalf of the Scotch Whisky Association has found that a majority of Scottish adults surveyed feel that the UK Government should do more to help the Scotch whisky industry, and that 7 out of 10 believe that the tax on Scotch Whisky in the UK should be at least as competitive as the EU average.


In particular those who voted SNP in 2017 believe that the UK Government should do more with three quarters (76%) selecting this option. Comparatively 38% of all respondents believed the UK government was doing enough and 5% felt it should do less.



71% of respondents agreed to some extent that, as the UK’s trading relationship with EU countries changes as it leaves the EU, tax on Scotch Whisky in the UK should be at least as competitive as the EU average tax on spirits. Currently spirits, including Scotch Whisky, are taxed 76% higher in the UK than the EU average. This enjoys majority support across party lines.



Survation surveyed 1040 Scottish residents aged 18+ online between 29th August and 3rd September 2018. Data tables and methodology are available here.


Survation is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.



Would you like to have your own views represented in Survation’s research work?


Survation’s paid consumer opinion panel is now live.

Simply go to: – register (1 minute) and we’ll credit your account with 50 points for simply confirming your email and allocate 100 points for taking a very short survey. Points convert to cash which can be withdrawn each time you reach the equivalent of £50.  

To find out more about Survation’s services,  please visit our services page.

You can sign up other email addresses or colleagues to our press release list here.

Follow Survation on Twitter:  @Survation – Our Main Account


Chris Lees

Chris Lees

Chris is the Lead Project Manager at Survation. Prior to joining Survation, Chris worked at leading integration think tank, British Future with roles including use of polling and statistics, evaluation of the Migration Museum Project as well at British Future's "National Conversation" project the biggest-ever public consultation on immigration and integration. Chris has an MA from The University of York in Contemporary History and International Politics, a BA from The University of York and was part of the Erasmus Exchange scheme with Universiteit Utrecht.

More Posts - Website

< Back