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Public Services Top Concern for Scots – Survation for Unison Scotland

Survation on behalf of Unison Scotland interviewed 1,005 Scots aged 16+ online about their views on a range of issues. Fieldwork was conducted 6-10 March 2015.

We found that:

  • The top three issues for Scots and their families ahead of the general election are ‘public services (schools, hospitals & GP services, council services etc.)’ (58%), ‘welfare / pensions / social security provision’ (48%) and ‘the availability and security of jobs and the level of wages’ (40%).
  • 44% of Scots believe that a Labour-led government in Westminster would be better for public services in Scotland. This compares to just 20% who believe that a Conservative-led government in Westminster would be better for public services in Scotland, and 36% who don’t know.
  • If the next government was to raise £2bn by cracking down on tax avoidance, a majority (58%) of Scots believe that the money should be spent on improving public services, compared to less than two-fifths (19%) who think it should be spent on reducing public borrowing, 17% who think that it should be used on income tax cuts and 7% who don’t know.
  • Two-thirds (66%) of Scots support a 50p income tax rate for those who earn over £150,000, compared to just 14% who oppose, 15% who neither support nor oppose and 5% who don’t know.
  • Almost three quarters (72%) of Scots believe that it should be a requirement of all organisations seeking publicly-funded contracts to pay at least the living wage

Unison Scotland Infographic v3


You can read more from Unison Scotland about this poll here.

Full data tables and questions put to respondents are available here. Survation is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

Katy Owen

Katy Owen

Katy Owen was Senior Project Manager & Head of External Relations 2013- 2015, worked at CoVi and Social Tech Trust and is currently Research Team Leader at ComRes. Katy has a BA in History, Kings College London and an MSc in International Politics from SOAS, University of London.

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