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Lost Labour Votes? Records, Personalities and Issues

John Curtice, Nicola McEwen, Michael Marsh and Rachel Ormston

in Revolution or Evolution? The 2007 Scottish Elections

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638994
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652891 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638994.003.0005
Lost Labour Votes? Records, Personalities and Issues

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Even if it were the case that people in Scotland want more autonomy and that support for independence has increased, it does not necessarily follow that this is why the SNP achieved its breakthrough in 2007. This chapter examines the role that evaluations of the performance of government and voters' attitudes towards some of the key policy debates that surfaced during the campaign played in determining how people voted. It consider whether voters took into account their views about how well or badly they believed the Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition had performed since it was first formed in 1999. Second, it examines whether the way in which people voted reflected their views on some of the key differences in the policy proposals put forward by the parties.

Keywords: Scottish people; SNP; government performance; Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition; voter influence

Chapter.  10579 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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