Scotland's Constitutional Future

The success of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the 2007 Scottish Parliament election  stimulated renewed debate about Scotland’s constitutional future. The SNP came to power with a commitment to hold a referendum on independence in 2010. At the same time, the Calman Commission, supported by the other main political parties, has recommended a significant re-writing of the arrangements for financing Scotland.

These two developments raise important questions about how the public views Scotland’s constitutional future.

  • First, how has the public’s experience of the SNP in power shaped their attitudes to constitutional issues?
  • Second, is there any alternative set of political arrangements between Scotland and England short of independence that might be capable of meeting the aspirations of the Scottish public?

This project will address these questions and contribute to the continuing policy debate by including 20 questions on the 2010 and 2011 Scottish Social Attitudes surveys.

Project details



Rachel Ormston, ScotCen 
John Curtice
, University of Strathclyde

Grant amount and duration:


January 2010-December 2012



Ready to take another leap? Public opinion on how Scotland should be governed (PDF)

Briefing paper summarising attitudes towards options for the government of Scotland taken from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey (SSA) 2010.  

Is Scotland more left-wing than England? (PDF)

Briefing paper addressing questions about devolution and its impact on Scottish and English public opinion.