Monarchy Survey, August 1998

Research study conducted for The Independent on Sunday Newspaper and DEMOS - published 6 September 1998.

Monarchy Survey, August 1998

Research study conducted for The Independent on Sunday Newspaper and DEMOS - published 6th September 1998. MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 928 adults aged 15+ at 81 sampling points across Great Britain between 21-24 August 1998.

Q1 The Queen has said that she is open to suggestions for changes to the role of the monarchy. Which one of the following statements comes closest to your own view about what should happen?

  %
The monarchy's role should remain broadly unchanged 26
The monarchy should be modernised to reflect changes in British life 60
The monarchy should be abolished and Britain should become a republic 11
None of these *
Other *
Don't know 22

Q2 The Queen still has a number of political powers. For example, in theory she can veto or block laws passed by Parliament. Do you think it is right that, under the British parliamentary system, the monarch should have such powers, or do you think they should be removed?

  %
Should have powers 45
Should be removed 49
Don't know 6

Q3 At present, one of the functions of the monarchy is to be head of the Church of England, although many British citizens follow other religions or no religion at all. It has been suggested that being associated with one religion makes it difficult for the monarch to represent all British people. Do you think the monarch should or should not remain head of the Church of England?

  %
Should 49
Should not 38
Neither 5
Don't know 8

Technical details

MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 928 adults aged 15+ at 81 sampling points across Great Britain. Fieldwork was conducted face-to-face on 21-24 August 1998. Base: All respondents, unless stated. 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. Data were weighted to match the profile of the population. An asterisk (*) denotes a figure between zero and 0.5%.

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