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  • Why we’re here

    We’re Britain’s largest independent social research agency. To mark the final days of the referendum campaign, we've decided to dedicate this week's homepage to our most recent research into Scottish independence. Enjoy!

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  • Man sleeping on couch Planning a late night on Thursday?

    Blog on how the count works & declaration
  • WST What Scotland Thinks

    Explore the latest poll
    and survey data, including
    our 'poll of polls' with
    analysis by John Curtice.

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    • Scottish shop Top independence blogs

      Gender gap at its widest

      Unsure what independence will mean for Scotland, just 27% of women support breaking away from the union.

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    • Saltire Top independence blogs

      Scottish Social Attitudes 2014

      Fantastic data infographics showing attitudes to independence from the NatCen design team.

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    • Holyrood Top independence blogs

      Independence poll of polls

      We've listened to what our data users want, and today we launch a new 'poll of polls'.

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    • Edinburgh Top independence blogs

      How has research influenced the referendum debate?

      ScotCen's Rachel Ormstons thinks it has, and explains why.

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    • Food stall Top independence blogs

      Is England tiring of its northern neighbour?

      The trend for English support for independence is in reverse.

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    • Man in kilt Top independence blogs

      What does Scotland make of devolution so far?

      Scots feel more involved in how they are governed and think Scotland's voice in the UK is stronger.

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    • Alex Salmond Top independence blogs

      Can the rest of the UK and Scotland get along?

      Whether it's a Yes or a push for devo max, are we going to fall out over the beeb and pound? 

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    • Woman looking at Fringe brochure Top independence blogs

      More devolution?

      The option not on the referendum ballot paper – more devolution – is preferred by a majority of Scots.

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    • Bagpipers Top independence blogs

      At the heart of things

      We explain why the Scottish Social Attitudes survey has come to occupy such an central place in debates about Scotland's future.

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  • Couple sitting on sofa 2 HOME Who is still wavering?

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  • Woman chatting at work HOME Women are less keen on independence. Why?

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  • Boy on back HOME Yes or No? A question of identity, economics or equality?

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  • Crowd with Scot flags HOME Has the referendum campaign made a difference?

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  • home-balloon What Britain Thinks

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    British Social Attitudes.

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    • Children racing Our research

      Children & young people

      Our work ranges from research on childcare provision and childrens education, to parental employment and family support. 

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    • Primary school playground Our research

      Schools, education & training

      We conduct a number of studies relating to education and skills, from evaluations of school-based initiatives, to studies into childcare provision.

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      Crime & justice

      Our work spans: victimisation and crime & punishment; the civil justice system; and the organisation of the legal profession.

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    • Mother and baby Our research

      Health & wellbeing

      Our research spans general health and lifestyle studies to studies focussing on particular health issues or sections of the population. 

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    • Leafleting Our research

      Social & political attitudes

      Our considerable experience of measuring and interpreting social attitudes is best exemplified by our British Social Attitudes survey, set up in 1983. 

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    • Woman working out finances Our research

      Income & work

      Our work in this area includes taking stock of the financial circumstances of the population as a whole, as well as smaller more specific studies.

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    • Community gardening Our research


      Our studies range from how people volunteer in Britain today and investigating why communities fragment, as in the case of the August riots.

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    • Family outside house Our research


      We have substantial experience of conducting large, complex surveys, as well as in-depth, qualitative studies in most areas covered by family policies.

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    • Muslim ladies Our research

      Equality & diversity

      We have a long tradition and extensive experience of conducting research about social inclusion. 

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