Monarchy Poll, 4-5 September 1997

Poll for ABC conducted between the death of Diana, Princess of Wales and her funeral

ABC (American Broadcasting Corporation)

Technical details

MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,063 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain. Interviews were conducted by telephone on 4-5 September 1997. Data were weighted to match the profile of Great Britain.

All figures are in percentages. Where percentages do not sum to 100, this may be due to multiple responses, the exclusion of don't knows or computer rounding. An asterisk (*) denotes a figure between zero and 0.5%.

Topline Results

Q1 I am going to read out a few names; for each, please tell me if on balance you have a favourable or unfavourable opinion of that person, or perhaps you don't know enough to say.

  Favourable Unfavourable Don't know
  % % %
Queen Elizabeth 57 27 16
Prince Charles 40 45 15
The late Princess Diana 90 6 4
The Royal Family as a whole 48 39 13
Mrs. Camilla Parker-Bowles 13 57 30
The Princess Royal, Princess Anne 76 12 12
The Prime Minister, Tony Blair 74 14 12
The Conservative Party Leader, William Hague 21 39 40

Q2 On balance, do you think Britain would be better off or worse off if the monarchy was abolished, or do you think it would make no difference?

Better off 18
Worse off 48
Make no difference 27
Don't know 7

Q3 Looking to the future, do you think Britain will or will not have a monarchy...

  Will Will not Don't know
  % % %
... in ten years? 73 19 8
... in fifty years? 30 45 25
... in one hundred years? 18 51 31

Q4 On balance, do you think Prince Charles will make a good king or a bad king when he comes to the throne in future?

Good 42
Bad 34
Don't know 24

Q5 Do you think Prince Charles should or should not give up his right to be the next monarch in favour of his eldest son, Prince William?

Should 54
Should not 36
Don't know 10

Q6 Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Royal Family handled the divorce between Prince Charles and Princess Diana? Q7 Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Princess Diana carried out her role following the divorce? Q8 Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Government has handled the situation since the death of Princess Diana? Q9 Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Royal Family has handled the situation since the death of Princess Diana?

  Approve Disapprove Don't know
  % % %
Royal Family handled divorce 19 58 23
Princess Diana 79 13 8
Government 73 12 15
Royal Family handled situation since death 37 52 11

Q10 If you had to choose between the way in which the Royal Family have conducted themselves in the past and the way Princess Diana conducted herself, which do you think would be right for the Royal Family in the future?

Royal Family way 13
Princess Diana's way 66
Neither 12
Don't know 9

Q11 Do you think the Royal Family should have done more to explain their feelings to the British people, less, or have they got it about right?

More to explain feelings 67
Less to explain feelings 4
Got it about right 25
Don't know 4

Q12 How much blame, if any, do you think the news media and the so-called 'paparazzi' photographers share in Princess Diana's death?

Great deal 51
Fair amount 30
Just a little 9
None at all 4
Don't know 6

Q13 If Prince Charles were to become King and marry Camilla Parker-Bowles, do you think Camilla should become Queen?

Should 7
Should not 86
Don't know 7

Q14 Since her divorce from Prince Charles, do you think that Princess Diana was badly treated by the Royal Family as a whole, or not?

Yes 71
No 19
Don't know 10

Q15 Do you think the Monarchy should continue as it is, or should it be abolished?

Continue as it is 63
Be abolished 23
Don't know 14

Q16 Do you think there should be a strengthening of the privacy laws to help prevent people being followed and photographed against their will, or not?

Yes, strengthen privacy laws 91
No, don't strengthen privacy laws 6
Don't know 3

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