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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.