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Between Two UnionsEuropeanisation and Scottish Devolution$
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Paolo Dardanelli

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719070808

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719070808.001.0001

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Public opinion

Public opinion

(p.120) 8 Public opinion
Between Two Unions

Paolo Dardanelli

Manchester University Press

This chapter takes a look at the situation of public opinion during the 1970s. It shows that public opinion closely matched elite opinion, and takes note of the sharp turnaround in attitudes towards the EU, as seen in the case of Labour, the STUC and the SNP and the emergence of a split among the Conservatives. It then examines the satisfaction with government, perception of Scotland's welfare and identification with the UK to estimate Scots' attitudes towards the UK political system in its political, economic and symbolic dimensions. This chapter determines that the 1997 referendum was a more 'straightforward' affair than the 1979 one.

Keywords:   1970s public opinion, elite opinion, split, Scotland's welfare, UK political system, dimensions, 1997 referendum

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