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Scottish Social Attitudes 2007

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The Scottish Social Attitudes survey (SSA) is carried out by ScotCen Social Research, an independent research organisation based in Edinburgh. The 2007 survey involved 1,312 interviews with a representative probability sample of the Scottish population (a response rate of 55%).

Interviews were conducted faceto-face in people’s home, with a self-completion element for questions that were particularly sensitive or where there were concerns about respondents giving ‘socially desirable’ answers. Data are weighted to adjust for known nonresponse bias and to ensure they reflect the sex-age profile of the Scottish population


The Scottish Social Attitudes survey aims to produce high quality survey data to inform both public policy and academic study. It has a long time series (dating back to 1999) on public attitudes towards devolution and independence. Further details about ScotCen Social Research and the Scottish Social Attitudes survey are available at