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Scotland 'now has stronger voice'

By Brian Taylor
BBC Scotland Political Editor

Holyrood
The poll asked Scots about the impact of devolution

Most Scots believe Holyrood has given Scotland a stronger voice in the UK, according to a poll for BBC Scotland.

But Scots also seem inclined to grumble about the share-out of public spending across the border.

For the survey, ICM interviewed 1,010 people between 22-24 June.

On the question of Scotland's clout in the UK, it seems 55% of Scots reckon devolution has given Scotland a stronger voice.

However, 9% said it had a weaker voice, while 34% say there had been no difference.

That sense of a strong voice is not quite as high as the peak recorded when the SNP took power at the 2007 elections. But it is still higher than the levels detected prior to that Nationalist victory.

NATIONAL IDENTITY
26% feel Scottish, not British
31% feel more Scottish than British
29% feel equally British and Scottish
4% feel more British than Scottish
9% feel British, not Scottish

Turning to public spending, it seems that Scots are still inclined to be unhappy with the division of resources within the UK.

Some 43% of those in our survey felt that Scotland gets less than its fair share, compared with other parts of the UK.

Of those questioned, 37% thought the allocation was about right in terms of fairness, while 12% thought Scotland gets too much by comparison with other areas.

Again, that is a higher level of discontent than at the time of the 2007 election. But higher levels still have been recorded prior to that.

Stronger identity

Sticking with money, our survey also asked Scots to indicate who gained most in terms of the economy from the Union: Scotland or England.

The findings suggest that 31% reckon England benefits more, while 21% point to advantages for Scotland. But 43% reckon the gains are equally shared.

Our pollsters also asked respondents to say what best described their sense of their own national identity.

PUBLIC SPENDING
37% think Scotland gets its fair share of government spending
43% think Scotland gets less than its fair share
12% think Scotland gets more than its fair share

The question, which has been regularly asked in the past, recognises that people in Scotland may have a multiple or shared identity: Scottish and British.

It tries to establish which is the stronger identity.

As in the past, it would seem that people living in Scotland tend strongly towards a Scottish, rather than British, identity.

More than a quarter (26%) indicated they felt they were Scottish, not British. Nearly a third replied that they were more Scottish than British.

Almost 30% opted for the description "equally British and Scottish" - while 4% described themselves as British, not Scottish.

There are variations in the detailed findings but, overall, this is in line with an established trend.



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