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Devolution backed by 41% of Scots

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The poll was carried out to mark the first decade of devolution

A BBC Scotland survey has revealed that 41% of people in Scotland believe devolution is a good thing.

The poll, carried out to mark the first decade of devolution, aimed to discover what the public thinks the Scottish Parliament has achieved.

It found that 46% of people felt it made no difference at all, 9% believed it was a bad thing and 4% had no opinion.

The survey also looked at the devolved issues of health and education.

It asked what sort of shape those polled felt the NHS in Scotland was in.

School standards

The question asked whether devolution had made the health service in Scotland better, worse or not made much difference either way.

The results showed that 33% thought its condition had improved, 9% thought it had deteriorated and 52% felt it had flatlined. The remaining 6% did not know.

The survey also asked if schools had made the grade since devolution.

We asked if you think standards in Scotland's schools have gone up - or declined as a result of the Scottish Parliament?

The results showed that 29% said schools had improved, 12% believed they could do better and standards had slipped and 41% said they thought standards had remained the same. The remaining 18% did not know.

The survey, carried out by ICM for BBC Scotland, spoke to 1,010 people between 22 and 24 June.



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