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This latest report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at Scottish public opinion on social security.

Bright Blue Scotland has conducted the first ever comprehensive and detailed analysis into Scottish public opinion on the devolution of social security since the Scotland Act 2016. In the run up to the Holyrood election in 2021, Bright Blue Scotland’s new report offers political parties an original and critical insight into the attitudes of Scottish voters on the direction of social security reform in Scotland. To date, however, there has been little examination of Scottish public attitudes on how social security is being and should be reformed in Scotland. This report changes this. In this report, we conduct and analyse polling of Scots to explore attitudes to social security reform in Scotland. It is important to note that these attitudes were unearthed prior to the current COVID-19 crisis. Our report seeks to explore both the broad attitudes of Scots on the purpose and effectiveness of the social security system, and their views on specific reforms that have been or will be introduced by the Scottish Government. In addition, we also ask about a range of potential and alternative policies, to guide future social security reform in Scotland, and to see if alternative measures may be more popular. The analysis explores how responses vary by socio-demographic and voting characteristics, allowing us to unearth differentiation in Scottish public attitudes by social, economic and political divides.

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