With Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this weekend, the British public’s support for the country remaining a monarchy is at a record high level
according to Ipsos’s special Diamond Jubilee poll. Eight in ten
(80%) British adults favour Britain remaining a monarchy compared to 13%
that want to see it becoming a republic.
Support for the monarchy is highest among older generations
, with almost nine in ten (88%) of those aged 55+ saying Britain should remain a monarchy. Conservative supporters are most likely to be monarchists
– 96% prefer Britain to have a monarch rather than become a republic compared to three-quarters (74%) of Labour supporters
and 84% of Liberal Democrats
As the Queen celebrates 60 years on the throne, some attention has recently focussed on who will succeed her. The Ipsos Diamond Jubilee poll shows half (51%) of British adults
think Prince Charles should not
give up his right to be the next monarch in favour of his eldest son, Prince William, while four in ten
(40%) think he should
. This represents a shift in favour towards Prince Charles succeeding the Queen since last year’s Royal Wedding
In April 2011, just before Royal Wedding, the country was split dead even
with 46% saying Prince Charles should
pass on his right to succeed the Queen to Prince William, while 47% said he should not
. The only period when more people thought Prince William should be next in line to the throne was September 1997
, days after the death of Princess Diana.
The highest support for Prince William taking the throne after the Queen comes among the youngest age group with around six in ten (57%) 18-24 year olds saying Prince Charles should give up his right. Prince Charles meanwhile enjoys stronger support from older generations.
, Assistant Chief Executive, Ipsos said:
“The Queen enters the Diamond Jubilee celebrations with support for the monarchy running at record levels. The public has a less settled view on who should succeed her, although we are now seeing a stronger sense that it should be Charles than we were twelve months ago.”
Ipsos interviewed a representative sample of 1,006 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain. Interviews were conducted by telephone
12-14 May 2012. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.