Britons twice as likely to hold favourable opinion of King Charles as unfavourable

William and Catherine, Prince and Princess of Wales, are the most popular members of the Royal Family according to the last Ipsos polling.

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  • Gideon Skinner Public Affairs
  • Keiran Pedley Public Affairs
  • Cameron Garrett Public Affairs
  • Laura King Public Affairs
  • Ben Roff Public Affairs
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  • 2 in 5 (40%) think Britain would be worse off if the Monarchy was abolished. By contrast,1 in 4 (26%) who think it would be better off.
  • Just under half of the public hold favourable opinion of King Charles III (47%), a decline of 5 ppts from April
  • Similarly, half of Britons think King Charles III is doing a good job as King (49%), with just 11% saying he’s doing a bad job

New Ipsos polling has found that 2 in 5 (40%) think Britain would be worse off if the Monarchy was abolished. By contrast,1 in 4 (26%) who think it would be better off, with an equal share saying it would make no difference (26%). These figures have experienced little change since the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022.

Two in five (40%) think it would be worse for Britain in the future if the monarchy was abolished, compared to a quarter (26%) who say it would better. Another quarter (26%) say it would make no difference

Half of the public have a favourable opinion of the Royal Family as a whole (48%), compared to a quarter who have an unfavourable opinion (24%). This is unchanged since April. Looking at the favourability of individual members of the Monarchy, Prince William and Princess Catherine continue to lead, with 62% and 58% of the public holding favourable opinions of each, respectively. King Charles III is viewed favourably by 47% of the public, a decline of 5ppts from April. Queen Camila’s favourability has also declined from April’s high of 38%; it now sits at 32%.

How favourable or unfavourable are your opinions and impressions of each of the following members of the British Royal family? (% Favourable / Unfavourable) July 2023 Prince William, the Prince of Wales 62% / 15% Catherine, the Princess of Wales 58% / 13% Anne, Princess Royal 57% / 12% The Royal Family as a whole 48% / 24% King Charles III 47% / 23% Prince Edward, recently made Duke of Edinburgh 42% / 17% Camilla, Queen Consort 32% / 34% Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex 30% / 44% Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex 23% / 50% Prince Andrew, the Duke of York 11% / 66%

Half of the public think King Charles is doing a good job as King (49%; down from 53% in May), while 11% think he is doing a bad job (down from 14% in May). 1 in 3 (34%) think he is doing neither a good nor bad job as King, an increase of 9ppts from May.

Just under half (49%) believe King Charles is doing a good job as King, down slightly from immediately after the Coronation in May 2023 (53%)

Technical note:
Ipsos interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,071 adults aged 18-75 in Great Britain. Interviews took place on the online Omnibus between 5th-6th July 2023. Data has been weighted to the known offline population proportions. All polls are subject to a wide range of potential sources of errors.

The author(s)
  • Gideon Skinner Public Affairs
  • Keiran Pedley Public Affairs
  • Cameron Garrett Public Affairs
  • Laura King Public Affairs
  • Ben Roff Public Affairs

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