This survey reported today show quite low and falling levels of empathy for those on benefits at UK level:
There is no breakdown to allow comparison of figures for Scotland and other parts of the UK but today’s poll by YouGov for the Citizens Advice Service in Scotland, though not directly comparable does suggest differences:
The more than doubling of the UK figure to just over 50%, in 2014, agreeing that benefits for the unemployed are too high and that they discourage them from finding jobs, contrasts sharply with the mere 18% of Scots sharing a similar notion of reluctance to work and 77% agreeing with the reasonably contradictory argument that they work hard for too-low wages.
Here are some only of the many reports here on related matters:
Only in Scotland! ‘A review of small country’s approaches to public policy reform in response to economic, demographic and other pressures found that only in Scotland could this ‘golden thread’ be so clearly discerned’