HALF of the public believe the Scottish Government is spending too much public cash on independence and next year’s referendum, according to a survey.
The YouGov poll, carried out on behalf of the anti-independence Better Together campaign, also found 56 per cent of those questioned said that the £800,000 reportedly spent on publicising the white paper on independence was a bad use of public money.
Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said: “People in Scotland want their taxes to be invested in jobs, education and skills, not on propaganda for Alex Salmond’s obsession with independence.”
SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell hit back. He said: “This is rank hypocrisy from the No campaign who previously demanded more information on how an independent Scotland will work and now complain that this information has been published.”
YouGov questioned 1,073 people between 17-19 December, three weeks after First Minister Alex Salmond presented the white paper at an event in Glasgow.
Of those questioned, 56 per cent believed that the £800,000 said to have been spent on the launch was a bad use of public funds and 34 per cent said it was a good use of money.
It YouGov also questioned people about the amount of money the government was spending on independence and the referendum and 50 per cent said it was too much
A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “It is the Scottish Government’s responsibility to ensure that voters have the information they need to participate in the national debate.”