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The research reported in this chapter was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of its research initiative on The Future of the UK and Scotland (ES/K007149/1 to NatCen and ES/K006460/1 to AqMen). The author would like to acknowledge the advice and support of fellow participants in that research, Jan Eichhorn, Rachel Ormston and Lindsay Paterson as well as of the Scottish Social Attitudes teams. Responsibility for the views expressed here lies solely with the author.
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- Much the same pattern of response was obtained when three of the four questions (on the economy, the standard of living and taxes) were previously asked on the 2011 and 2012 surveys.
- Bases for Table 3.4 are as follows:
The picture was much the same when the question was also asked in 2012: then 47 per cent said it would not make any difference, 25 per cent that the gap would be bigger and just 19 per cent that it would be smaller.
Bases for Table 3.10 are as follows:
Note that neither sex, age or social class proved to be significant independently of the considerations that were included in the model. So the gender, age and class differences identified earlier in the chapter simply reflect differences between these groups in the incidence of identity and/or perceptions of the consequences of independence.
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