With just a few days to go before the Scottish Independence referendum, new research from ICM on behalf of the Campaign for an English Parliament shows that support for greater powers is not just confined to those north of the border. When asked their opinion toward the establishment of an English Parliament within the UK, just under half (47%) of adults in England say they are in favour compared against a quarter (27%) who are opposed. However, a significant minority of English adults are undecided – 27% say they do not know. When don’t know responses are excluded from the data, the public backs an English Parliament by a margin of almost two to one (64% versus 36%). Interestingly, the Scots are more likely than the English to support a devolved English Parliament (54% compared to 47%).
However, the research also shows that only a minority of English voters (34%) back an independent England. Half (51%) believe England should not be independent while 16% do not know. Again, those in Scotland are more supportive of an independent England than the English themselves (42% versus 34%). When don’t know responses are excluded, the English public back England staying in the UK by 60% to 40%.
via ICM Unlimited |.