In a report on growth companies, published by private equity firm ECI Partners, businesses in Scotland gave a net negative score of 10% to the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition's economic policy.
This score is arrived at by subtracting the proportion of firms with a negative view of Coalition economic policy from the percentage with a positive opinion, with the former exceeding the latter on this occasion.
ECI noted that, overall, its survey of more than 650 UK companies produced a net positive rating of 15% for the Coalition Government. It noted this reading was an improvement on a net negative rating of 3% last year, but also observed that it was well down from a 30% net positive result in 2011.
While significantly more critical of Coalition economic policy than their peers elsewhere in the UK, Scottish companies were more upbeat about their expansion prospects over the next 12 months.
Of the 31 Scottish growth companies surveyed, 55% predicted double-digit-percentage growth in turnover over the next 12 months, ahead of the overall survey average of 49%.
However, they were slightly less upbeat on job creation prospects than other UK firms, with 65% of Scottish companies expecting to increase their head count in the next 12 months.
This is adrift of the average of 72% for the UK as a whole in the survey, although it is still a strong reading.