A clear majority of Britons support keeping the monarchy after the Queen’s death

The British public still overwhelmingly supports the system of constitutional monarchy according to a poll taken after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, with just 21% opposed to keeping the royal family on the throne.

As the UK heads into the new Carolean era under King Charles III, support for the monarchy remains strong, with a YouGov poll which surveyed 1,727 adults finding that 64% of the public support the continuation of the monarchy , three times the number of those who oppose the establishment (21%).

Support for the crown is long standing, even before the outpouring of emotion following the Queen’s death, however, support has fallen slightly over the past decade, down from the 75 per cent that supported the monarchy during its Diamond Jubilee year in 2012.

This week’s poll found that while more people in each age group supported the monarchy than opposed it, older Britons were much more likely to show their support, with 84% of people aged 65 saying they wanted to retain the monarchy against 40% among 18-24 year olds. Split by political affiliation, 87% of Conservative voters backed keeping the monarchy, compared to 49% of Labor voters and 69% of Liberal Democrats.

When it comes to the legacy of the Queen, who reigned for a record seventy years, 87% of the public believe she will be considered one of Britain’s greatest monarchs and 59% say that they think she changed the monarchy for the better. .

During her reign, the Queen overcame periods of scandal and conflict such as criticism of the Queen’s finances in the early 1990s when she agreed to become the first sovereign to pay income tax since more than six decades and the public reaction to the death of the princess. Diana, following which the Queen transformed “The Firm” to become more open to the public.

In his later years, the Crown was also rocked by scandals from his offspring, including the Jefferey Epstein-linked sexual assault allegations against Prince Andrew, who despite his innocence stepped down from royal duties. . The palace drama has been stirred again following the controversial decision of Meghan Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, to give up their responsibilities as members of the royal family in favor of lucrative businesses in Hollywood, the couple awake bringing allegations of racism against the family.

However, the movement against the family has apparently backfired on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with just 27% of the public wanting them to return to the UK from America, compared to 44% wanting them to stay. abroad. .

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 09: A well-wisher kisses the hand of King Charles III as he walks past Buckingham Palace, London, to display messages and tributes following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday 8 September at Balmoral on September 9, 2022 in London, England. (Photo Yui Mok – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Prince Harry’s father, King Charles III, saw his popularity rise after his ascension to the throne, with 63% of the public believing he will do a good job as king, a six point increase. since May.

The public’s mood was likely influenced in part by his performance in his first address to the nation, which 94% of those who saw the speech rated it as fair or very good. 73% of respondents also said they thought Charles showed good leadership after his mother passed away.

Support for the British Commonwealth has also apparently been strengthened, with a poll this week revealing that a majority of Australians, 60 per cent, believe the country should retain the British monarchy as sovereign, a 5 per cent increase since 2012.

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