Monarchy Poll, 10-11 September 1997

Poll for the Mail on Sunday conducted the week after the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales

Monarchy Poll, 10-11 September 1997

  • MORI interviewed 805 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain.
  • Interviews were conducted by telephone on 10-11 September 1997.
  • Data are weighted to the profile of Great Britain.
  • An asterisk (*) denotes a figure between zero and 0.5%.

Q1 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 11%
Worse off 45%
Make no difference 39%
Don't know 5%

Q2 Would you say the death of Diana and the events since her death have made you feel ...

... more charitable towards others 42%
... less charitable towards others 1%
... or has it made no difference to the way that you feel 56%
Don't know 1%

Q3 And has it made you ...

... more proud to be British? 31%
... less proud to be British? 2%
... or has it made no difference to the way you feel? 65%
Don't know 2%

Q4 And has it made you ...

... more confident that Charles would make a good king 13%
... less confident that Charles would make a good king 29%
... or has it made no difference to the way that you feel 54%
Don't know 4%

Q5 And since the death of Princess Diana, would you say your overall impression of each of the following has become more favourable, less favourable, or has it made no difference to the way that you feel?

  More favourable Less favourable No difference Don't know
  % % % %
The Royal Family as a whole 17 39 44 *
Prince Charles 22 24 52 2
The Queen 16 30 52 2
Prince William 59 * 39 2
Tony Blair 51 6 42 1
Camilla Parker-Bowles 3 26 67 4
Earl Spencer 69 7 22 2

Q6 How upset would you say you feel now about Princess Diana's death? Would you describe yourself as ...

... very upset? 27%
... fairly upset? 42%
... not very upset? 22%
... not upset at all? 9%
Don't know *%

Q7 Why do you say that you feel upset about Diana's death? Base: All very / fairly upset by Princess Diana's death (546)

She was a good person / did good work 42%
It was a shocking/terrible accident 26%
Death of a young person 23%
Will be a loss to the charities she worked for 19%
Death of a mother/felt sorry for her sons 14%
Death of an important national figure 12%
Regarded her as a friend/feel a personal loss 6%
She published/worked on issues I care about 6%
Blow for the Royal Family 2%
Moved by the funeral 1%
Other 9%
Don't know 2%

Q8 Which of the following people do you think has shown themselves to be most in tune with the feelings of the British People?

Q9 And which of the following people do you think is most likely to ensure that Diana's life is commemorated in the most appropriate way?

Q10 And who do you think should take the leading role in decisions about how Prince William and Prince Harry should be brought up?

  In tune with feelings of British people Ensure Diana's life is commemorated Leading role in how Princes brought up
  % % %
Prince Charles 3 8 62
The Queen 3 4 3
Earl Spencer 41 52 21
Tony Blair 39 21 3
None of them 7 9 5
Don't know 7 6 6

Q11 Do you think the Queen should abdicate at some stage, or should she remain Queen as long as possible?

Abdicate 27%
Remain Queen 65%
Don't know 8%

Q12 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 42%
Should not 47%
Don't know 11%

Technical details

MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 805 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain. Interviews were conducted by telephone on 10-11 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%.

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