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Twenty years on, would Wales vote for an Assembly?

Most voters would back an Assembly if today was referendum day Photo: ITV News Cymru Wales

Two decades on from the referendum when Wales chose to have an Assembly by a margin of just 6,721 votes or 0.6%, Welsh voters would give a much more resounding endorsement, according to an exclusive ITV Wales poll.

Nearly half the people questioned said they would vote for devolution if Wales didn't already have it. Though a quarter of Welsh voters wouldn't want an Assembly and another quarter couldn't decide. But among 18-24 year olds, who've grown up with devolution, support for the Assembly is overwhelming.

Support is strongest against 18-24 year olds, who've grown up with a Welsh Assembly Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

It's only in the 65+ age group that most people say that if they were deciding today, they'd vote not to have an Assembly.

Only the over 65s would vote not to have an Assembly Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

Back in 1997, the Conservatives campaigned against devolution but despite the close vote, the party hierarchy swiftly blocked talk of demanding another referendum. But even 20 years on, it seems that Tory voters still wish that the Assembly had never been established. People who backed the Conservatives in this year's General Election says they would vote by more than two to one against setting up an Assembly if the referendum was held today.

Conservative voters remain largely hostile to devolution Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

But given that we have got an Assembly, most people would either keep it the way it is or give it more powers. Less than a fifth of us would scrap it now, though that's still a lot more than want Wales to leave the UK.

Most people think the Assembly either has the right powers or should get more Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

In fact, even among people who voted Plaid Cymru in June, there's much more support for a more powerful Assembly than for an independent Wales

But support for independence remains low, even among Plaid Cymru voters Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales
  • The poll, for ITV-Cymru Wales and Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre, had a sample of 1011 Welsh adults and was carried out by YouGov on 4-7 September 2017.

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