Scottish Centre for Social Research
Scottish Government Social Research
Office of Chief Researcher
ISBN 978 0 7559 7106 0 (Web only publication)
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Note on the use of 'Scottish Executive' in this report
1.Introduction and background
Why measure attitudes to government?
Government in Scotland in 2007
Structure of the report
2.Trends in attitudes to government, 1999-2007
Trust in government
'System efficacy' - do people feel listened to and do they think they have a say?
Perceptions of influence
Scotland's voice in the UK
Interpreting changing trends in attitudes to government
Areas of less change - attitudes to public services
3.Whose views have changed?
Factors associated with positive perceptions of government
Changes from 2006 to 2007
4.Confidence in government statistics
Overall confidence in Scottish Executive statistics
Reasons for confidence or lack of confidence in Scottish Executive statistics
Who has confidence in Scottish Executive statistics?
Annex A - Detailed tables
Annex B - technical details
The Scottish Social Attitudes series
The 2007 survey
The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.