Overall Survey Results:


Scottish Independence: The future of the Union Flag


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The Scottish Government
intends to hold a referendum of the Scottish electorate, on the issue of
independence from the United Kingdom, on Thursday 18 September 2014. The question
asked in the referendum will be "Should Scotland be an independent
country?" 
The Flag Institute is the UK's National Flag Charity.  We're interested in your views on how you think a successful independence vote could (and should) affect the flag of the United Kingdom.
1Required If Scotland becomes independent, do you think the Union Flag
will or will not change?
 
Answer
0%100%
Number of
Responses
Response
Ratio
I think the Union Flag WILL change if Scotland becomes independent.
   
236 56.0%
I think the Union Flag will NOT change if Scotland becomes independent.
   
185 43.9%
No Responses
 
00.0%
 Totals421100%

2Required If Scotland becomes independent, do you think the Union Flag should or should not change?
 
Answer
0%100%
Number of
Responses
Response
Ratio
I think the Union Flag SHOULD change if Scotland becomes independent.
   
273 64.8%
I think the Union Flag should NOT change if Scotland becomes independent.
   
148 35.1%
No Responses
 
00.0%
 Totals421100%

3What arguments are there for changing the Union Flag following independence? (even if these are not arguments you support)
 
 Number of
Responses
  303
4What arguments are there against changing the Union Flag following independence? (even if these are not arguments you support)
 
 Number of
Responses
  281
5Not including the existing Union Flag pattern, what new designs do you feel might be worthy of consideration for a post Scottish-independence UK?
 
 Number of
Responses
  274
6The current Union Flag is made up of the crosses of St George (England), St Andrew (Scotland), and St Patrick (Northern Ireland). Wales is not independently recognised in the current design of the flag. If the Union Flag did change as a result of Scottish independence, should the new design include an element which represents Wales? Please explain your choice.
 
Answer
0%100%
Number of
Responses
Response
Ratio
Yes. A new flag of the United Kingdom SHOULD include an element which represents Wales.
   
302 71.7%
No. A new flag of the United Kingdom should NOT include an element which represents Wales.
   
89 21.1%
No Responses
   
307.1%
 Totals421100%

7Who should decide IF the flag of the United Kingdom should change following Scottish independence.
 
Answer
0%100%
Number of
Responses
Response
Ratio
The UK Government
   
58 13.7%
The Royal Household
   
34 8.0%
The UK Government and the Royal Household together
   
97 23.0%
Citizens of the United Kingdom in a referendum
   
192 45.6%
Other
   
34 8.0%
No Responses
   
61.4%
 Totals421100%

8If the decision was made to change the flag of the United Kingdom following Scottish independence, what combination of organisations and methods should be used to best choose the new design? Please choose as many or as few as you wish, or add your own suggestion.
 
Answer
0%100%
Number of
Responses
Response
Ratio
The UK Government
   
196 47.5%
The Royal Household, via the College of Arms
   
235 57.0%
The Flag Institute, operating a public design competition
   
215 52.1%
The Welsh Government
   
113 27.4%
Governments of Commonwealth nations whose flags still include the current Union Flag design
   
150 36.4%
Religious organisations
   
13 3.1%
Other
   
51 12.3%
 Totals412100%

9Please share the following information with the Flag Institute if you would like us to stay in contact with you on this and other (non-commercial) flag issues.
 
AnswerNumber of
Responses
First Name 184
Last Name 182
Company Name 39
Email Address 187
Country 203

   
10The Flag Institute is a thriving membership-based flag organization - the largest in the world, with members on all six continents. We are the UK's National Flag Charity and the national vexillological organization of the United Kingdom. Members received our journal Flagmaster four times a year and invitations to a range of social and educational events. Membership is open to everyone, and subscriptions start at just £20 a year. You can join us here or we can contact you (in which case please provide contact details).
 
Answer
0%100%
Number of
Responses
Response
Ratio
I am not a member, but I would like to find out more. Please contact me.
   
67 15.9%
I am not interested.
   
241 57.2%
I am already a member of the Flag Institute.
   
31 7.3%
No Responses
   
8219.4%
 Totals421100%

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