According to an opinion survey undertaken by Beaufort Research on behalf of the Commission on Devolution in Wales, a majority of the Welsh public believe the National Assembly for Wales (NafW) has provided a strong voice for Wales and would like to see further powers devolved over a period of time.
Beaufort Research interviewed a representative sample of 2,009 members of the Welsh population aged 16 and above between 21 May and 12 June 2013. The sample is fully representative of the Welsh general public.
The survey found:
With reference to specific powers and where these should lie, the survey showed the following:
A full copy of the Beaufort Research survey is available here.
Commenting on the survey’s findings, Chair Paul Silk said: “These results are very interesting and provide a real insight into the public’s views on the current powers of the National Assembly for Wales. The results are generally consistent with trends identified in other surveys, but whilst they show a continued growth in support for the National Assembly as an institution and for it to have further powers, we need to mindful that the people of Wales have differing views.
“As we were in Part I of our work, we have been keen in this Part of remit to gather the views of as many people in Wales as possible. Our Terms of Reference are clear that our recommendations must command a wide degree of public support. This poll is an important method to help us assess public opinion on Welsh Devolution and attitudes on where powers should lie. I hope the poll’s findings will stimulate wide debate on these important issues.
“We still want to hear as many views as possible, whatever they may be – we are still firmly in listening mode. We are taking evidence up until 27 September so please get involved, share your views and help us shape Wales’s future.”
The survey was commissioned, following an open procurement process, to gauge public opinion on the current powers of the National Assembly for Wales and whether any modifications are needed on the boundary between what is devolved and non-devolved.
The Commission is taking evidence up until 27 September 2013. The Commission’s website hosts a questionnaire and forum for the public to have their say: http://commissionondevolutioninwales.independent.gov.uk/get-involved