By Dave Taylor
The BBC has celebrated St David’s day by publishing a poll on Welsh views on the constitution. However the corporation paid ICM to ask the constitutional question in a strange way.
They offered these options as answers to “Which one of these statements comes closest to your view?
Technically this isn’t “push polling”, but good polls don’t load the responses in a way which will push respondents in a particular way.
The inclusion of “Wales should remain part of the UK” in only the final option, when it would have been equally appropriate in responses 2-4, seems peculiar to say the least.
Despite that, the poll shows a significant demand in Wales for devolution to be extended and more powers to be returned to the nation. Strangely, while only 43% wanted all or more powers for the Senedd, 64% wanted all or most taxation in Wales to be raised by it.
Doubtless the 22% who want Wales returned to direct rule from Westminster will include the 18% who think that the changes being proposed for NHS England should be imposed in Wales as well (77% reject that idea). And will make up most of the 28% who think education in Wales has got worse over the last 5 years.
Plaid AM Llyr Huws Gruffydd said: "The people of Wales are increasingly putting their trust in the assembly and devolution and they want to see more decisions made in Wales."