Support 100 years of independent journalism.

  1. Business
  2. Economics
1 March 2012

Chart of the day: the Welsh question

Just seven per cent of Welsh voters support independence.

By George Eaton

There’s been plenty of discussion about Scotland’s constitutional future recently (a subject we cover regularly on The Staggers) but what about Wales? To coincide with St David’s Day, the BBC and ICM have conducted a poll on Welsh independence and devolution.

As the graph below shows, just 7 per cent of Welsh voters support full independence, a figure that the survey finds would rise to just 12 per cent if Scotland left the UK.


Graphic by Henrik Pettersson

Sign up for The New Statesman’s newsletters Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. The best of the New Statesman, delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. A handy, three-minute glance at the week ahead in companies, markets, regulation and investment, landing in your inbox every Monday morning. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A weekly dig into the New Statesman’s archive of over 100 years of stellar and influential journalism, sent each Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.
I consent to New Statesman Media Group collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy

The most popular option (supported by 36 per cent) is further devolution, such as tax-raising powers. But 29 per cent support the status quo and 22 per cent believe the Welsh Assembly should be abolished.

A separate question on taxation found that 28 per cent thought the assembly should have the power to reduce or increase all taxes, 36 per cent thought it should have some tax-varying powers and 32 per cent thought the assembly should have no powers over taxes.