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Overwhelming support for a four-day week with no loss of pay

Our poll for IPPR Scotland finds that 83% of the Scottish working-age population would support the introduction of a four-day week with no loss of pay. 85% think it would be beneficial to their own and national wellbeing, while 65% believe it would improve productivity, and 62% that it would increase economic output.

Amid the pandemic’s impacts on our working patterns, and the Scottish Government's recently announced trial of a four-day working week, we were delighted to contribute to this timely and important debate with a poll of the Scottish working-age population. Read IPPR Scotland's report for all their analysis and recommendations.

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1 September 2021

Tackling marine litter: an Upstream Battle

The launch of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Upstream Battle campaign follows recent polling by the Diffley Partnership on marine litter in the Tayside area. Our polling showed that over 90% of people would like more action to be taken to prevent litter from getting out to sea; and over 80% of people would be interested in learning more about the actions they could take to prevent their rubbish from making its way to the sea.

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25 August 2021

Delivering a Fair Work Recovery

1 in 5 shift workers in Scotland receive 2 weeks’ notice or less of their shift patterns, with adverse knock-on effects for their financial security and work-life balance. A new report from IPPR Scotland explores these and other findings from our recent survey of the Scottish working-age population, as well as outlining how we can remedy such issues and build a Fair Work future for Scotland.

Read the full report here 

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23 August 2021

Poll shows strong support for Scottish Parliament to review law on assisted dying

Our new poll for Dignity in Dying Scotland has revealed that an overwhelming majority of Scots support the Scottish Parliament considering the law on assisted dying for the first time since 2015. A total of 86% support Holyrood reviewing the law while 75% support this being done in the next two years.

You can read the full report of the poll in the Sunday Times here

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Written by Mark Diffley
17 June 2021

Health behaviours have continued to be impacted as a result of the pandemic

Our new survey with Obesity Action Scotland has been published today, highlighting a range of physical and mental health issues of concern. Two fifths of respondents think their diets have worsened during the pandemic. The survey also highlights mental health concerns with 6 in 10 Scots reporting that their mental wellbeing and that of members of their family had got worse during lockdown.

Read the report here

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Written by Mhairi McFarlane
13 May 2021

FSB Scotland survey shows that the pandemic has made entrepreneurship less attractive

Three fifths of business owners in Scotland say that the covid crisis has made self-employment less attractive, according to a new study commissioned by FSB Scotland. The research also found that only a fifth of the sample of almost 700 business owners thought that the last Scottish Government valued their contribution.

Read the press release here

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Written by Mark Diffley
8 April 2021

Scots remain confused over who sets tax rates

Scots continue to be unclear about who is responsible for taxation north of the border. More than a quarter (26%) of those polled in a survey said they were “not aware of” the Scottish Parliament’s powers to make changes to income tax rates in Scotland, and more than 80% admit they need more information on how the system works.

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Written by Terry Murden
6 April 2021

Vast majority of Scots confirm they will take vaccine when offered

The vast majority of Scots have confirmed they will take the COVID 19 vaccine when they are offered it, with over three quarters saying they definitely would have it and only six percent saying they probably wouldn't.

Read the analysis of the poll from our Director Mark Diffley here

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Written by Mark Diffley
10 December 2020

7 in 10 Scots oppose grouse shooting for sport – Mark Diffley writes for the Revive Coalition

Our latest polling shows that the majority of Scots (70%) oppose grouse shooting for sport while around 1 in 8 (12%) support the activity. The research, commissioned by the Revive Coalition, showed that, while there is some variation in support in different population sub groups, a majority of Scots in all groups and in all parts of the country oppose the activity

Read the analysis of the poll from our Director Mark Diffley here

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Written by Mark Diffley
12 November 2020

Four in 10 Scots concerned about their income levels as pandemic continues to impact finances

On behalf of Citizens Advice Scotland we have been tracking the financial impact of Covid-19 on household finances since the pandemic struck in March. The latest wave of the research shows that significant numbers of Scots, particularly those in working class households, continue to struggle with many financial issues, including 39% who remain concerned about their income levels.

For a media write up of the findings see here

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Written by Mark Diffley
9 November 2020

Polls show increased support for independence but attitudes remain split

For several months opinion polls and other research have shown a majority of Scots are now in favour of independence. But, as our Director Mark Diffley writes in the National newspaper, attitudes are still split and nothing is settled

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Written by Mark Diffley
3 November 2020

Talking politics with Holyrood magazine

Our Director Mark Diffley sat down with the Editor of Holyrood magazine Mandy Rhodes to talk politics past, present and future for the latest episode of their Politically Speaking podcast.

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Written by Mark Diffley
3 November 2020