Prince Charles and the Future of the Monarchy

MORI poll for the Sun, August 1997

Prince Charles and the Future of the Monarchy

  • MORI interviewed 600 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain.
  • Interviews were conducted by telephone on 7-10 August 1997.
  • Data are weighted to the profile of Great Britain.
  • An asterisk (*) denotes a figure between zero and 0.5%.
  • Base: All respondents, unless stated.

Q1 Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way the Government is running the country? Q2 Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Mr Blair is doing his job as Prime Minister? Q3 Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Prince Charles is doing his job as Prince of Wales?

  Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know
  % % %
Government 54 24 22
Blair 70 16 14
Prince Charles 42 46 12

Q4 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 16
Worse off 50
Make no difference 31
Don't know 3

Q5-7 Looking to the future, do you think Britain will or will not have a monarchy ...

  Will Will not Dont' know
  % % %
Q5 ... in ten years? 80 15 5
Q6 ... in fifty years? 35 48 17
Q7 ... in one hundred years? 20 58 22

Q8 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 50
Bad 37
Don't know 13

Q9 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 44
Should not 48
Don't know 8

Q10 Which member of the Royal Family, if any, do you think has done the most damage to the Royal Family's reputation?

  %
Prince Charles (The Prince of Wales) 32
The Duchess of York (Sarah Ferguson) 28
Diana, Princess of Wales 18
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 2
The Queen 1
Prince Andrew 1
Princess Anne *
Prince Edward *
Other 3
None 8
Don't know 7

Q11 Now thinking about the relationship between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, do you think ...?

  %
They should continue their relationship privately, 34
be completely public about it 48
or split up 8
Neither / Don't know 10

Q12-13 Assuming they do stay together, do you think ... ?

  %
They should get married, 53
or continue their relationship outside marriage 28
Neither / Don't know 19
  %
Camilla should 51
or should not be allowed to live with Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace or other royal residences? 40
Neither / Don't know 9

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

  %
Should 45
Should not 52
Don't know 3

Q15 And do you think Camilla should become Queen at his side?

  %
Yes 15
No 78
Don't know 7

Q16 Since her divorce from Prince Charles, do you think that Princess Diana has been badly treated by the Royal Family as a whole, or not?

  %
Yes 49
No 41
Don't know 10

Q17 Do you think Princess Diana should be free to choose whomever she wishes as friends, or should she be careful that her friendships do not reflect badly on the Royal Family?

  %
Free to choose friends 69
Should be careful 29
Don't know 2

Q18 As you may know, Princess Diana recently went on holiday with Dodi Al-Fayed, the son of the owner of Harrods. Do you think it is good or bad for the image of the Royal Family for Princess Diana to go on holiday with Dodi Al-Fayed, or does it make no difference?

  %
Good 3
Bad 21
Makes no difference 74
Don't know 2

Q19 If Princess Diana were to remarry, do you think she should drop out of public life, or should she continue to carry out public engagements and charity work?

  %
Should drop out of public life 23
Should continue to carry out public engagements and charity work 73
Don't know 4

Q20 Earlier in the week, George Carey, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said that Prince Charles should not become head of the Church of England if he marries Camilla Parker- Bowles. Do you think Prince Charles should or should not be allowed to become head of the Church of England, or do you have no opinion on the matter?

  %
Should be allowed 19
Should not be allowed 45
No opinion on the matter 36

Technical details

The voting intention figures exclude those who say they would not vote (7%), are undecided (3%) or refuse to name a party (2%). 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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