1979 Devolution Referendum Campaign - Survey 1

MORI poll of Scottish attitudes and voting intentions on 12-14 February 1979, ahead of the referendum on 1 March

MORI interviewed an interlocking quota sample of 1,015 adults aged 18+ in 40 constituencies across Scotland on 12-14 February 1979. Interviews were conducted face to face.

Q1. As you may know, the Scottish people will vote on 1st March in a referendum to decide whether there should be a Scottish Assembly or not. How likely are you to vote in this referendum?

  %
Absolutely certain will vote 51
Fairly certain will vote 25
Not sure whether will vote or not 9
Fairly certain will not vote 4
Absolutely certain will not vote 7
Don't know 3

Q2. If you do vote in this referendum will you vote for the setting up of a Scottish Assembly or not?

  All Absolutely certain to vote
  % %
Yes, will vote for Scottish Assembly 49 55
No, will vote opposing Scottish Assembly 26 28
Will not vote 7 *
Don't know 19 16

Q3. If a Scottish assembly is set up, which party would you vote for in electing a representative to the Assembly? Q4. (If undecided/refused) Which party would you be most inclined to support? Base: All naming a party

  %
Conservative 26
Labour 45
Liberal 3
SNP 25
Other *

Q5. Thinking now about the Scottish Assembly rather than the Westminster Parliament, which party in the Scottish Assembly do you think  ...?

    Con Lab Lib SNP All the same None Don't know
...will have the best policy for dealing with Scotland's economic problems  % 16 33 2 22 4 5 19
...will have the best policy on unemployment in Scotland  % 18 35 2 17 4 7 17
...will have the best policy on crime and vandalism in Scotland  % 30 23 3 14 5 5 21
...will have the best policy on Scottish housing, rates and rents % 20 34 1 21 4 3 17
...will best represent Scottish interests in its dealings with the Westminster Parliament % 17 31 2 27 3 4 16
...should get the credit for bringing about the Assembly itself % 8 27 * 41 2 3 17
...best represents the spirit of the Scottish people % 10 27 1 39 2 6 15

Q6. How would you vote if there were a General Election tomorrow? Q7. (If undecided/refused) Which party are you most inclined to support in a General Election? Base: All naming a party

  %
Conservative 30
Labour 45
Liberal 2
SNP 23
Other *

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