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Poverty a key priority for people in Scotland in advance of May's election

People in Scotland think tackling poverty is a key priority for the next Scottish Government, and that it's possible to significantly reduce levels in Scotland.

Written by:
Chris Birt
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This report presents the findings of polling carried out on our behalf by YouGov of 2,016 Scottish adults (aged 16+) between 16 February and 22 February 2021.

Key findings:

  • Nearly three-quarters of adults in Scotland see poverty as a high priority for the next Scottish Government.
  • In all groups, regardless of age or politics, a majority of adults in Scotland believe poverty could be significantly reduced, suggesting a nationwide consensus that with the right action, we can ensure no-one in Scotland suffers the injustice of poverty.
  • However, a majority feel that this is only possible with changes to our current services and economy, and that the Scottish Government can and should do more.
  • To seize on this public appetite all parties in the forthcoming election need to make bold commitments to significantly reduce poverty through making housing more affordable, driving down in-work poverty, and continuing to improve the social security system.
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