Young Scots Decide - results from research study on attitudes of 14-17 year olds on the Scottish independence referendum

The Future of Scotland:
Attitudes of 14-17 year olds on the Scottish independence referendum


Dr Jan Eichhorn and Professor Lindsay Paterson, University of Edinburgh appeared on the BBC's Sunday Politics programme on Sunday 2nd June 2013 to discuss results from the first representative survey of 14-17 year olds in Scotland regarding the 2014 independence referendum.

Led by a team of researchers and academics Dr Jan Eichhorn (AQMeN), Dr Michael Rosie and Professor John MacInnes (Department of Sociology, Edinburgh University), and Professor Lindsay Paterson (Department of Social Policy, Edinburgh University), the ESRC funded study asked a representative sample of 14-17-year-olds about:

their views on Scottish independence and devolution,
their feelings of Scottish, British and European identities,
their political interest and engagement,
their socio-demographic characteristics.

The survey results provide a detailed understanding of what factors influence young people’s attitudes towards Scottish independence.  View the questionnaire.


Read the summary report of the research findings 


Results Presentation Event:
Wednesday 5th June 2013, 12:30-15:00
Royal College of Physicians, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh

This event will provide the first opportunity to engage with the results from the breadth of themes covered in the survey. After the presentation of the results there will be substantial room for discussion and an outlook for further work with this data.

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The ESRC's Future of the UK and Scotland programme provides impartial research evidence to inform the debate before and after the Scottish independence referendum. Further information can be found here.