Monarchy Poll - December 2000

MORI poll for the News of the World

Monarchy Poll - December 2000

  • MORI interviewed 1,003 British adults aged 18+ by telephone
  • Interviews were conducted by telephone on 13-15 December 2000
  • Results are based on all respondents unless stated
  • Data are weighted to the known population profile
  • An '*' indicates a finding of less than 0.5%, but greater than zero
  • Poll conducted by MORI on behalf of The News of the World

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QV1 How would you vote if there were a General Election tomorrow? [If undecided or refused at Q1] QV2 Which party are you most inclined to support?

Conservative 32%
Labour 47%
Liberal Democrats 16%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 4%
Green Party 1%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party *%
Other 1%

Would not vote 12%
Undecided 9%
Refused 6%

Q1-11 How would you rate the following people at the job they are doing, on a scale of one to ten, where ten is outstanding and one is useless?

  Outstanding --> DK Ave
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10    
  % % % % % % % % % % % %
Tony Blair as the Prime Minister 7 3 5 8 22 14 17 13 4 4 3 5.7
The Queen as monarch 9 4 5 3 11 7 11 17 12 19 2 6.7
Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales 10 5 6 6 16 11 14 16 7 8 1 5.9
Prince William as the heir to the throne 6 1 2 2 8 6 12 22 14 23 4 7.4
Princess Anne as the Princess Royal 6 2 2 4 10 9 11 19 16 18 3 7.1
Prince Phillip as the Duke of Edinburgh 18 8 7 10 17 10 11 8 2 5 4 4.7
The Queen Mother as a member of the royal family 8 4 4 2 11 6 9 16 12 27 1 7.1
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, as a member of the royal family 8 4 6 7 18 14 15 13 6 5 4 5.7
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, as a member of the royal family 17 11 9 11 16 10 9 7 3 3 4 4.4
Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, as a member of the royal family 15 8 8 10 22 11 10 7 1 3 5 4.6
Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess of Wessex, as a member of the royal family 17 9 9 10 20 9 7 6 1 2 10 4.3

Q12 It has been proposed that a referendum be held to determine whether or not Britain should become a republic with an elected Head of State or continue as a monarchy with the head of royal family as Head of State. Do you favour or oppose such a referendum?

Favour 44%
Oppose 48%
Don't know 8%

Q13 If there were a referendum on the issue, would you favour Britain becoming a republic or remaining a monarchy?

Republic 21%
Monarchy 72%
Would not vote 1%
Don't know 6%

Q14 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 43%
Make no difference 41%
Don't know 5%

Q15 Do you think that the monarchy does or does not have an important role to play in the future of Britain?

Does 67%
Does not 29%
Don't know 4%

Q16-18 Looking to the future, do you think Britain will or will not have a monarchy ...?

  in ten years? in fifty years? in a hundred years?
  % % %
Will 83 35 20
Will not 12 43 53
Don't know 5 22 27

Q19 And in a referendum with the following options, would you vote for Britain... ?

Remaining a monarchy 63%
Becoming a republic with the Queen replaced with a president chosen by Parliament 5%
Becoming a republic with the Queen replaced with a president elected by the public 27%
Would not vote 2%
Don't know 3%

Q20 At present, the British King or Queen is also the head of the Church of England. Do you think that the British monarch should continue to be head of the Church of England, or not?

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

Q21-23 Under current British law certain groups of people cannot become King/Queen. For each of the groups of people I read out, please tell me whether they should or should not be allowed to become King or Queen?

  Should Should not Don't know
  % % %
Catholics 73 18 9
Adopted children 63 29 8
Children of unmarried parents 66 28 6

Q24 On balance, do you think that Prince Charles will make a good king or a bad king when he comes to the throne in future?

Good king 64%
Bad king 23%
Neither 13%

Q25 Do you think that Prince Charles should or should not give up his right to be the next monarch in favour of his eldest son, Prince William?

Should 40%
Should not 53%
Don't know 7%

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