Threat to Scotland team could influence some referendum voters

Pagoda PR commissioned a question on the Ipsos MORI Scottish Public Opinion Monitor to test whether fears of Scotland losing its separate identity in World football could have any impact on the referendum.

Our latest Scottish Public Opinion Monitor found that 12% of undecided voters and 6% of no voters in next year’s independence referendum would ‘at least consider’ switching to yes if they thought this be the only way of keeping a separate Scottish football team. This was the results of a question commissioned by Edinburgh based Pagoda PR in Ipsos Mori’s Scottish Public Opinion Monitor carried out amongst 1,000 Scots. Taking undecided and no voters together, 3% would definitely vote yes and 4% would consider voting yes. However, the total figure increases for to 17% for SNP supporters who are either undecided or intend to vote no.

The question was designed to test whether fears of Scotland losing its separate identity in World football, as voiced in relation to a GB Olympic team, could have any impact on the referendum. The question assumes that independence would remove any such doubts.

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Technical details:

  • Results are based on a survey of 1,000 respondents (adults aged 16+) conducted by telephone
  • Fieldwork dates: 9th – 15th September 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 (1,000) unless otherwise stated

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