A poll of 1,500 people for the Scottish Centre for Social Research showed that 76% thought it very or fairly important to vote in council elections, compared with 59% for the Scottish Parliament.
But the 2005 survey showed the number of believers in town hall polls had dropped 4% from the previous year.
Seventy-nine percent thought House of Commons elections were important but only 56% valued European Parliament elections.
The poll was part of a wider study on attitudes to public services. More people thought that the quality of education had increased in the past 12 months than thought it had decreased. Perceptions of the standard of the health service remain the most negative. Regular transport users are most satisfied with public transport - 35 per cent who used transport every day thought standards had improved in the past year.
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