ITV NEWS EVEL Poll

HALF SUPPORT ENGLISH VOTES FOR ENGLISH LAWS 

As William Hague announced his proposals for “English votes for English laws" a new ComRes / ITV News poll found that around half of Britons (53%) support not allowing Scottish MPs in Westminster to vote on issues that do not impact on Scotland. Just a quarter oppose the idea (23%).

The poll also found that two in five Britons (40%) support setting up an English parliament for only English MPs, while three in ten (30%) oppose it.

There is also some backing for giving more decision making powers on issues such as tax, education, policing to big cities and regions in England and Wales, although support has fallen four percentage points since October to 44% while 26% oppose it.

While support for Wales holding a referendum on independence has risen five points to 28% since September 2014, more people remain opposed to the idea (39%).

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  1. Do you support or oppose each of the following?
Statement Support Oppose Don’tknow
Not allowing Scottish MPs in the UK Parliament in Westminster to vote on issues that do not impact on Scotland 53%(-1) 23%(NC) 24%(NC)
Giving more decision making powers on issues such as tax, education, policing to big cities and regions in England and Wales 44%(-4) 26%(+1) 29%(+2)
Setting up an English Parliament for only English MPs 40%(NC) 30%(-3) 30%(+3)
Wales holding a referendum on independence 28%(+5) 39%(-8) 32%(+2)
London becoming independent from the rest of the UK 10%(+1) 71%(-2) 19%(+2)

Base: All GB adults (n=2,061). Changes since September 2014.

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Date Published
16/12/2014
Client
ITV
Methodology
ComRes interviewed 2,061 British adults online between 12th and 14thDecember 2014. Data were weighted to be representative of all GB adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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