Devolution, Identity & Engagement




Full Report: Devolution-Identity-Engagement-Research-Report

Following the Scottish referendum, we wondered what students at the University of York thought about Devolution and what might the links be between Devolution, Identity and political engagement.

We surveyed 255 UK Home students aged between 18 and 25 years old at the University of York.

Executive Summary:

  • There is broad support for giving regions more power (64% of respondents thought regions should have more power)
  • 34% of respondents thought regions should be given more powers with directly elected assemblies
  • 61.2% of respondents expected more devolution over the next 5 years
  • Respondents believed cities should have power over policy areas such as Transport (42.4%), while in most other areas respondents supported Central Government
  • Respondents identified as having a strong link to national identities (47.1%)
  • Respondents from the Yorkshire and Humber favoured national identities (61.7%), while respondents from the South East favoured Regional (44%) and city based identities (42%)
  • Of the elections polled, respondents were more likely to vote in the general elections; with 93% stating that they would be either likely or very likely to vote in the general elections
  • Local elections see the least amount of participation with only 71.8% of respondents stating that they would either be likely or very likely to participate in these elections
  • Within questions regarding participation, intention to vote in elections remains high at 70% or above across all governmental bodies
  • In response to general feelings of political engagement most respondents said that they felt politically engaged, with ‘Very Strongly’ (16.08%) and ‘Strongly’ (49.41%) as the top responses
  • 51.37% of individuals polled did not believe, or were unsure that their vote mattered

Research Team: Richard Crawshaw (Project Lead), Kyle Knights, Hayley Ramshay

Press Release: Devolution-Identity-Engagement-Press-Release