Charles And Camilla Poll

MORI poll for the Mail on Sunday, July 1997, with detailed questions on impressions of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles

Charles And Camilla Poll

  • Research study conducted for The Mail on Sunday 9-10 July 1997
  • MORI interviewed 806 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain
  • Interviews were conducted by telephone on 9-10 July 1997
  • Data were weighted to the profile of Great Britain
  • An asterisk (*) denotes a figure between zero and 0.5%
  • Base: All respondents, unless stated

Q1 How would you vote if there were a General Election tomorrow? (If undecided or refused at Q1) Q2 Which party are you most inclined to support? Base: All expressing an opinion (725)

Conservative 27%
Labour 56%
Liberal Democrats 13%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 2%
Referendum Party *%
Green Party 1%
Other 1%

Would not vote 4%
Undecided 3%
Refused 3%

Q3 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 12%
Worse off 39%
Make no difference 43%
Don't know 6%

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 53%
Bad 31%
Don't know 16%

Q5 Over the last few years, has your impression of Prince Charles gone up, gone down or stayed the same?

Gone up 7%
Gone down 44%
Stay the same 47%
Don't know 2%

Q6 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 35%
Should not 56%
Don't know 9%

Q7 Which of the following statements about Camilla Parker-Bowles most closely matches your own views:

I like her and would accept her as a future Queen 8%
I like her but do not think she should become Queen 34%
I dislike her but would accept her as a future Queen 5%
I dislike her and do not think she should become Queen 33%
Don't know / none of them 20%

Q8 From what you know or have heard, can you tell me whether you think Prince Charles / Camilla Parker-Bowles is ... ?

  Charles Camilla%
  Yes No D/K Yes No D/K
  % % % % % %
Strong 47 45 8 67 15 18
Loyal 51 40 9 46 33 21
Selfish 49 42 9 34 41 25
Thoughtful 66 27 7 33 34 33
Dishonest 29 62 9 25 52 23

Q9 Thinking about the relationship between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, do you think ... ?

They should stay together 59%
They should split up 18%
Neither/don't know 23%

Q10-12 Assuming they do stay together, do you think .... ?

They should continue their relationship privately 35%
or be completely public about it 55%
Neither / don't know 10%
They should get married 43%
or continue their relationship outside marriage 31%
Neither / don't know 26%
Camilla should 35%
or should not accompany Prince Charles on royal engagements 58%
Neither / don't know 7%

Q13 If the relationship between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles continues, do you think it will benefit or harm the monarchy, or do you think it will make no difference either way?

Benefit monarchy 5%
Harm monarchy 39%
Make no difference 55%
Don't know 1%

Q14 If Prince Charles were to marry Camilla Parker-Bowles, do you think he should still be allowed to become King, or not?

Should 50%
Should not 45%
Don't know 5%

Q15 If over several years, the marriage between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles proved to be a loving and happy one, do you think he should become King?

Yes 56%
No 40%
Don't know 4%

Q16 And do you think Camilla should become Queen at his side?

Yes 23%
No 71%
Don't know 6%

Technical details

MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 806 adults aged 18+. Interviews were carried out by telephone throughout Great Britain. Interviewing took place on 9-10 July 1997. Data are weighted to the known 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%.

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