Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

Quarter of English behind Scotland independence

First Minister Alex Salmond has said the independence referendum 'will be autumn 2014'
First Minister Alex Salmond has said the independence referendum 'will be autumn 2014'

Over a quarter of people in England support Scotland becoming independent, a new survey has found.

The latest NatCen Social Research British Social Attitudes Survey found 26% of English residents favoured ending the Union between the two countries — the highest figure yet in such a survey.

The study suggested there were some signs of increased frustration about Scotland's position in the Union, with 31% of people in England saying they “strongly agreed” that Scottish MPs should not be able to vote on English laws — up from just 18% 10 years ago.

The number of English people who feel Scotland gets more than its fair share of public spending has also been on the rise, with 44% now feeling this is the case, compared with 21% in 2000.

However, the number of people in England who believe this is only slightly higher now than in 2008, when the total was 41%.

Those living south of the border are fairly evenly divided between those who regard themselves as primarily British (43%) as those who said they are English (42%).

The results are part of the 29th British Social Attitudes report.

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