The Devo Plus group has published its second report focusing on how we deliver improved social outcomes in Scotland. You can download the report here (PDF format) or by clicking the image of the report.
The poll also showed that two-thirds would like to see the Unionist parties campaign for more powers for the Scottish Parliament as an alternative to independence. Further, it showed that twice as many people believe most of the money spent by the Scottish Parliament should be raised by the Scottish Government rather than the Westminster Government – the core message of the Devolution Plus proposal.
In response to the poll information Jeremy Purvis, Leader of the Devo Plus Group, commented:
“This is the first substantive test of opinion in Scotland on the Devo Plus proposals and shows very clearly the desire of the Scottish people to improve on the status quo, but rejecting independence. The very clear support for Devo Plus as the best way forward for Scotland should be listened to. The evidence is also clear that the vast majority of people would like the parties that do not support independence to work together to progress the case for Devo Plus. Devo Plus is not a tactic to defeat independence, rather it is a carefully considered way forward for a stronger Scotland within the UK - this Ipsos Mori poll now shows it is the way forward most preferred by the people of Scotland also.
|Thinking about Scotland’s constitutional future, which of the following statements most closely matches your views on this issue?|
|Scotland should remain part of the UK with the same devolved powers it has at present||29 %|
|Scotland should remain part of the UK with the increased powers outlined in the Devo Plus proposal||41 %|
|Scotland should become a fully independent country, separate from the rest of the UK||27 %|
|Some other view||4 %|
|As you may know, most of the money spent by the Scottish Parliament currently comes from the Westminster Government. Who do you think should be responsible for raising most of the money the Scottish Parliament spends?|
|The Scottish Government||61 %|
|The Westminster Government||29 %|
|Don’t know||10 %|
|To what extent do you agree or disagree that those who want to stay in the UK should campaign for more powers for the Scottish Parliament within the UK as an alternative to independence?|
|Strongly agree||29 %|
|Tend to agree||37 %|
|Neither agree nor disagree||13 %|
|Tend to disagree||9 %|
|Strongly disagree||8 %|
|Don’t know||4 %|
|Agree (Net)||66 %|
|Disagree (Net)||17 %|
The Devo Plus Group was established in February 2012 to present the case for strengthening the Scottish Parliament within the UK and improving accountability to the Scottish People.
Devo Plus will strengthen the Scottish Parliament by providing it with more powers, increase accountability to the Scottish people and secure a long term sustainable relationship between Scotland and the rest of the UK.