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Sir John Curtice, Ian Montagu, and Alex Scholes take a look at what the latest public opinion data tells us about voter’s attitudes towards the deal between the SNP and the Green party at Holyrood. They also examine whether the balance of support for independence has shifted during the summer, assess the potential for the substantive arguments on both sides of the constitutional debate to sway...
Sir John Curtice, Ian Montagu, and Alex Scholes take a look at what the latest public opinion data tells us about voter’s attitudes towards the deal between the SNP and the Green party at Holyrood. They also examine whether the balance of support for independence has shifted during the summer, assess the potential for the […]The post Podcast: The SNP-Green deal and the future of the...
Last month marked the seventh anniversary of the independence referendum held on 18 September 2014. Earlier in the month there was an online SNP conference – though the party is planning another one at the end of November! – while just before the month began the SNP and the Greens concluded a deal that saw […]The post Autumn Leaves appeared first on What Scotland Thinks.
Now that the summer is over, Scottish politics is kicking back into life. Last week witnessed the sealing of the agreement between the SNP and the Greens as a result of which the two Green co-leaders, Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater, have joined the government. The SNP are now assured of the Greens’ backing on […]The post A Question of Timing appeared first on What Scotland Thinks.
Sir John Curtice, Ian Montagu, and Claire Elliott take stock of where we stand now that the dust has settled on the results of last month's Holyrood elections. They take a look at whether the final results matched up what the polls told us to expect beforehand, analyse what the performance of both the Nationalist and Unionist parties might mean for the prospect of a second independence referendum,...
Sir John Curtice, Ian Montagu, and Claire Elliott take stock of where we stand now that the dust has settled on the results of last month’s Holyrood elections. They take a look at whether the final results matched up what the polls told us to expect beforehand, analyse what the performance of both the Nationalist […]The post Podcast: The 2021 Scottish Parliament elections in review...
The constitutional question now dominates Scottish politics. And on the answer to that question the country is both evenly divided and sharply polarised. This is the key lesson of the 2021 Scottish parliament election. For once the polls had a good election. The average standing of the parties in the final polls were all nearly […]The post The Constitutional Question Dominates: How Scotland...
The campaign is over and voters are now heading to the polling stations. The secrets of the ballot box will be unveiled tomorrow and on Saturday. In the meantime, what do the polls suggest we should anticipate when the results are revealed? Five polls have been published in the last 48 hours. In each instance […]The post Pointers from the Final Polls appeared first on What Scotland Thinks.
With less than 24 hours to go until the Scottish Parliament election, Sir John Curtice, Ian Montagu, Alex Scholes, and Claire Elliott take a look at the final polls of the campaign. They discuss the prospects of an overall SNP majority at Holyrood, look at where the two major Unionist parties stand ahead of the vote, and examine the potential consequences of the outcome of this crucial ballot....
With less than 24 hours to go until the Scottish Parliament election, Sir John Curtice, Ian Montagu, Alex Scholes, and Claire Elliott take a look at the final polls of the campaign. They discuss the prospects of an overall SNP majority at Holyrood, look at where the two major Unionist parties stand ahead of the […]The post Podcast: The final polls (before the one that counts) appeared first...
We are now just over a week away from a Scottish Parliament election that could be considered the most important since the advent of devolution in 1999. Should the pro-independence parties be as successful as the polls predict, they have pledged to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence that could have major constitutional implications […]The post The Changing Role of Identity...
Sir John Curtice, Ian Montagu, and Claire Elliott take a look at the polling data that has emerged during the first few weeks of the Scottish Parliament election campaign, examining where the major parties stand ahead of May 6th and looking at the potential impact of Alex Salmond's Alba party on the SNP's chances of achieving an overall majority at Holyrood. They are also joined by Eilidh...
Sir John Curtice, Ian Montagu, and Claire Elliott take a look at the polling data that has emerged during the first few weeks of the Scottish Parliament election campaign, examining where the major parties stand ahead of May 6th and looking at the potential impact of Alex Salmond’s Alba party on the SNP’s chances of […]The post Podcast: The Scottish Parliament election campaign...
Over the course of the coronavirus outbreak, the polls recorded increased support for independence in Scotland and for the governing SNP– and the party may be returned to government next month with an overall majority, despite the emergence of the new Alba Party competing for nationalist votes on the regional list. The polls have also […]The post Did The Pandemic Boost SNP Support?...
The election campaign has been put on hold for a few days as a mark of respect for the Duke of Edinburgh, whose death was announced on Friday. On Monday politicians of all parties will come together at Holyrood (and at Westminster) to express their condolences. But where will the parties and leaders find themselves […]The post Three Lessons from the First Campaign Polls appeared first on...
Sir John Curtice, Ian Montagu, and Claire Elliott review a hectic few weeks in Scottish politics, take a look at where the parties stand going into the 2021 Scottish Parliament election campaign, and discuss the potential impact of Alex Salmond’s new pro-independence Alba party upon the makeup of Holyrood in May.The post Podcast: Alba, Alex Salmond, and the 2021 Holyrood election appeared...
Sir John Curtice, Ian Montagu, and Claire Elliott review a hectic few weeks in Scottish politics, take a look at where the parties stand going into the 2021 Scottish Parliament election campaign, and discuss the potential impact of Alex Salmond's new pro-independence Alba party upon the makeup of Holyrood in May.
As many commentators have pointed out, the newly founded Alba Party is facing a major hurdle in having in Alex Salmond a leader who is very unpopular with many people in Scotland. But does this mean that the party definitely has no chance of winning a noticeable number of list seats in the upcoming Scottish […]The post Is Salmond’s unpopularity definitely a barrier to Alba’s chances of...
One thing is clear: support for the SNP and for independence is now consistently lower in the polls than it was at the beginning of the year. In the last half dozen polls support for Yes (after leaving aside Don’t Knows) has averaged 49%, with No narrowly ahead on 51%. This represents a five-point fall […]The post Why Has Nationalist Support Fallen? appeared first on What Scotland Thinks....
Sir John Curtice and Ian Montagu are joined by Professors Ailsa Henderson and Richard Wyn Jones, authors of ‘Englishness: The Political Force Transforming Britain’, who take us through their research on the nature and character of Englishness, its relationship with other UK national identities, and its role in shaping recent political events that have transformed […]
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