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We’re the Scottish arm of Britain’s largest independent social research agency. For over 10 years we’ve worked for government and charities to find out what people really think about important social issues.
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Find out which issues will sway voters
What Scotland Thinks provides impartial, current information on public attitudes to Scottish independence.
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Scottish Social Attitudes 2014
Fantastic data infographics showing attitudes to independence from the NatCen design team.
Gender gap at its widest
Unsure what independence will mean for Scotland, just 27% of women support breaking away from the union.
Independence poll of polls
We've listened to what our data users want, and today we launch a new 'poll of polls'.
How has research influenced the referendum debate?
ScotCen's Rachel Ormstons thinks it has, and explains why.
Is England tiring of its northern neighbour?
The trend for English support for independence is in reverse.
What does Scotland make of devolution so far?
Scots feel more involved in how they are governed and think Scotland's voice in the UK is stronger.
Can the rest of the UK and Scotland get along?
Whether it's a Yes or a push for devo max, are we going to fall out over the beeb and pound?
The option not on the referendum ballot paper – more devolution – is preferred by a majority of Scots.
At the heart of things
We explain why the Scottish Social Attitudes survey has come to occupy such an central place in debates about Scotland's future.
Number of #indyref polling stations open in Scotland today? 5,579
01:02 PM - 18 Sep 2014
RT @WhatScotsThink: Extended post on last night's clutch of final #indyref polls now at http://t.co/AKmDpnkSu5
12:56 PM - 18 Sep 2014
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Social & political attitudes
Our considerable experience of measuring and interpreting social attitudes is best exemplified by our British Social Attitudes survey, set up in 1983.
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Schools, education & training
We conduct a number of studies relating to education and skills, from evaluations of school-based initiatives, to studies into childcare provision.
We have substantial experience of conducting large, complex surveys, as well as in-depth, qualitative studies in most areas covered by family policies.
Crime & justice
Our work spans: victimisation and crime & punishment; the civil justice system; and the organisation of the legal profession.
Equality & diversity
We have a long tradition and extensive experience of conducting research about social inclusion.
Health & wellbeing
Our research spans general health and lifestyle studies to studies focusing on particular health issues or sections of the population.
Income & work
Our work in this area includes taking stock of the financial circumstances of the population as a whole, as well as smaller more specific studies.
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