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Public Awareness Research 2017

An Ipsos MORI omnibus poll in March 2017 shows that, at 85%, public awareness of FOI rights in Scotland remains high.

We asked respondents how they prefer to access information about a public body, for example a decision they've taken or a service they provide. 56% would prefer to access information through the organisation's website and 29% would prefer to contact the authority by telephone or email.

The full results are at the bottom of this page. In brief, they reveal:

  • 85% of respondents had heard of the Freedom of Information Scotland Act 2002, similar to 2015. There is a reduction in "definitely aware", from 71% in 2015 to 64% in 2017.
  • 94% agreed ("strongly" or "tend to") that it is important for the public to be able to access information.
  • 77% would be more likely to trust an authority that publishes a lot of information about its work.
  • There is strong public agreement ("strongly agree" or "tend to") that the following type of information should be made available by public authorities:
  • how public authorities spend their money (94%)
  • reasons for the decisions public authorities make (90%)
  • how public authorities deliver their services and functions (94%)
  • contracts with other organisations (84%)
  • data and statistics about their performance (93%)

These are the same categories of information that the Commissioner expects public authorities to publish under the Model Publication Scheme.


Download the 2017 public awareness survey results:

PDF iconPublic Awareness Research 2017 Report (PDF)

PDF iconPublic Awareness Research 2017 Full Results (PDF)

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