Results of Referenda held in Scotland since 1975

When is a Yes a No? When you add in did-not-vote!

There have been 7 referenda held in Scotland since 1975.  Three have applied UK-wide and four were held in Scotland only.

The 1979 Scottish Assembly Referendum led to the SNP supporting a no confidence motion in the Labour government after the wishes of the Scottish people were denied by the imposition of the notorious 40% rule.  This meant that 40% of the electorate had to vote Yes rather than a simple majority of those who cast their ballots.

David Dimbleby on the BBC 1975

European Economic Community 1975 Votes %
Turnout   2280225  
Yes   1332186 58.4
No   948039 41.6
  Maj 384147  
Scottish Assembly 1979 Votes %  
Turnout   2384437    
Yes   1230937 51.6  
No   1153500 48.4  
  Maj 77437    
Scottish Parliament 1997 Votes %
Turnout   2389445  
Yes   1775045 74.3
No   614400 25.7
  Maj 1160645  
Tartan Tax 1997 Votes %
Turnout   2383125  
Yes   1512889 63.5
No   870236 36.5
  Maj 642653  
Alternative Vote 2011 Votes %
Turnout   1963188  
No   1249375 63.6
Yes   713813 36.4
  Maj 535562  
Independence 2014 Votes %
Turnout   3619915  
No   2001926 55.3
Yes   1617989 44.7
  Maj 383937  
European Union 2016 Votes %
Turnout   2679513  
Remain   1661191 62
Leave   1018322 38
  Maj 642869