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Who are the SNP Members?

James Mitchell, Robert Johns and Lynn Bennie

in The Modern SNP

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780748639908
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672080 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639908.003.0006
Who are the SNP Members?

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This chapter provides a socio-demographic overview of Scottish National Party (SNP) members. It investigates some of the key attitudes and identities of the party's members. It then evaluates the levels of political activity before drawing general conclusions about the SNP. It shows that SNP members seemed older than those in other parties. The SNP membership is also largely middle class. The profile of SNP members in terms of age, social class, education and religion is not markedly dissimilar to the Scottish population, and quite similar to most other parties based on previous membership studies. There is little evidence of potential for a fundamentalist backlash against devolution. It might have been expected that SNP members would feel exclusively Scottish, but the party's civic tendencies are in evidence across a number of measurements of identity.

Keywords: Scottish National Party; SNP membership; devolution; identity; social class; education; religion

Chapter.  3804 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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