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Young Scots Have Their Say on the Future of Scotland

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

The study was led by a team of researchers and academics from The University of Edinburgh including Dr Jan Eichhorn (AQMeN), Dr Michael Rosie and Professor John MacInnes (Department of Sociology), and Professor Lindsay Paterson (Department of Social Policy). The survey, funded by the ESRC, asked a representative sample of 14-17-year-olds questions relating to their views on Scottish independence.

The results showed that 60.3% intend to vote 'No', wanting to stay in the UK, just 20.9% intend to vote 'Yes', favouring independence, whilst 18.8% remain undecided. 

The survey is the first representative analysis of its kind to focus on the opinions of 14-17 year olds living in Scotland, providing a detailed understanding of what factors influence young people's attitudes towards Scottish independence.

Most of the questions had been tried and tested via existing large-scale surveys. After trialling them on over one hundred school students within the target age group, around one third of the questions were later changed to be more relevant to the age group following feedback from participants. Over one thousand interviews were carried out in total with the children being asked twenty-one questions each.

The study provides an overview of the most relevant initial findings from the key questions on independence in relation to socio-demographic factors, parental views, national identity orientations and general political attitudes. The outcomes of the research will also be used to develop teaching materials in schools across Scotland.

The full summary report can be accessed here -

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