A decisive majority of the Scottish public recognise that there is a mandate for Scotland to have a referendum.

Evidence from the 2021 Scottish Election Study addresses the question of whether the Scottish public thinks that the Government has a mandate to pursue a second independence referendum. The data shows 61% of Scots think the Scottish Government has an IndyRef2 mandate.

Right across the board, and every question asked, the study found that following the 2021 election, a majority of people in Scotland believed there was a mandate for a second referendum.

This data leaves unionist politicians increasingly isolated in their attempted denial of Holyrood's mandate to hold an independence referendum – following STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer this week also acknowledging the electoral mandate for the Scottish Government to conduct a debate over a second referendum.

Commenting, SNP MSP Michelle Thomson said:

"The Scottish Government has a cast-iron mandate to hold an independence referendum – and this authoritative survey shows that, by a decisive margin, the majority of Scots agree.

“This mandate was given little more than a year ago by the people of Scotland when they returned a majority of MSPs supporting a referendum - with more pro-independence MSPs than in 2011.

"Westminster politicians cannot brazenly deny the democratic mandate given to the Scottish Government in 2021 – and their morally and politically bankrupt stance is not tenable.

"It is for people, not politicians, to decide if there should be an independence referendum - and people across Scotland, unsurprisingly, recognise the mandate for IndyRef2 that last year's elections delivered.

"The people of Scotland will have a choice of voting for a better future – the SNP will make sure of that – so it is time for the Westminster parties to stop denying the indisputable democratic mandate that exists and start engaging in the substance of this debate."


The 2021 Scottish Election Study data and questionnaires are available here.



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