Should Scotland remain part of the UK?

We have been monitoring our panels views on the Scottish referendum over time. Take a look at out panels latest updated views, with it drawing closer do our panels opinions remain the same?
“England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales are like a little family, it would be like breaking the family up if Scotland were to leave.” (Jennifer, 30, London) The majority of the panel felt that both England and Scotland would be better off staying together. “Britain won’t be the same without Scotland, and I don’t think Scotland is a big enough country to cope on it’s own.” (Emma-Louise, 23, Spalding)
  • Chris 39 Years Old

  • Lee 29 Years Old

  • Emma-Louise 25 Years Old

Other panel members felt that as they themselves aren’t Scottish they can’t really have a valid opinion and that it should be left up to the Scottish to decide.
  • Debbie 41 Years Old

  • Isobel 22 Years Old

  • Nath 22 Years Old

A referendum on Scottish independence takes place September 2014, which could potentially end a 305-year-old political union with England. The Scottish National Party believes that the Scottish economy and social policies will flourish as part of an independent country. However, according to The Guardian the majority of Scots disagree. We asked our panel whether they think Scotland should remain part of the United Kingdom.

The Scottish opinion

Our Scottish VoxPopMe research agreed with The Guardian. 73% of the panel from Scotland want to remain part of the U.K. Many VoxPopMe users believe that Scotland is not strong or big enough economy-wise to survive alone.

The opposing 27% believe ‘Scotland gets swallowed up by the label of U.K’. They no longer want to be seen as a smaller part of England, but that they are a different country with a different culture.

See what some of the panel thought:

  • Scott 54 Years Old

  • Gem 33 Years Old

  • Michael 38 Years Old

  • Ryan 36 Years Old

  • Vee 35 Years Old

  • James 34 Years Old

English opinion

Of the English panel, 61% believe it would be in the interest of both Scotland and the UK for them to remain as part of the UK. A running theme was that Scotland is part of UK history and heritage and together we have a common cultural identity. Scotland may also face problems with having to reapply to the E.U and fund their own currency.

Only 8% thought Scotland should leave the UK, with one argument being that England spend the money but Scotland reap the benefits through free university and prescriptions and a few similar comments. A few believed that Scotland deserved freedom from the UK constraints, as they could grow without the debt carried by the UK.

See what some of the panel thought:

  • Ciaran 22 Years Old

  • Hannah 23 Years Old

  • Steven 28 Years Old

  • Sam 22 Years Old

  • Darren 36 Years Old

  • Ruth 37 Years Old