Unsurprisingly, satisfaction ratings tend to follow political allegiances. SNP supporters are the most likely to approve of the Scottish Government’s performance, giving a net approval rating of +70. Liberal Democrat supporters are the second most positive with a net satisfaction rating of +10, while Labour and Conservative supporters are more likely to be dissatisfied, with scores of -15 and -35 respectively.
Christopher McLean, Senior Research Executive at Ipsos MORI Scotland, said: “Almost six years after coming into power at Holyrood, the SNP government retains the approval of a majority of Scots, good news for the party ahead of their spring conference. Satisfaction is particularly high among men and young people, which reflects patterns in voting intention for the SNP and support for independence. However, the relatively low satisfaction among women is further evidence that the SNP need to do more to appeal to female voters.”
- Results are based on a survey of 1,003 respondents (adults 18+) conducted by telephone
- Fieldwork dates: 4th February – 9th February 2013
- Data are weight by: age, sex and working status using census data; tenure using SHS data; and public-private sector employment using Scottish Government Quarterly Public Sector Employment series data
- Where results do not sum to 100%, this may be due to computer rounding, multiple responses, or the exclusion of “don’t know” categories
- Results are based on all respondents (1,003) unless otherwise stated