Public Recognition & Attitudes Towards The Monarchy

Q1 In which, if any, of the following are you interested ...

Public Recognition & Attitudes Towards The Monarchy

  • Fieldwork dates: 14-16 December 2001 [except Q5b which was 4-6 January 2002]
  • All figures in percentages
  • Base: Nationally representative sample of British adults, aged 16+ (1,000)
  • Data have been weighted to the known population profile
  • Interviews conducted by telephone by MORI Telephone Surveys
  • An asterisk represents a percentage less than 0.5 but greater than 0
  • Numbers may not always add up to 100% due to computer rounding or multiple answers

Q1 In which, if any, of the following are you interested ...

  %
David and Victoria Beckham 12
The Simpsons 33
The Royal Family - the Monarchy 36
The Royle Family - the TV comedy programme 32
Vera and Jack Duckworth 25
Peggy Mitchell 18
None of these 20
Don't know 1

Q2 If there was a referendum on the issue, would you favour Britain becoming a republic or remaining a Monarchy?

  %
Republic 21
Monarchy 70
Would not vote 4
Don't know 5

Q3 I am going to read out a list of things, both favourable and unfavourable, that have been said about the Royal Family. For each, I would like you to tell me whether it applies or does not apply to the Royal Family.

  Applies Does not apply Don't know
  % % %
Privileged 94 5 1
Important to Britain 80 18 3
Hard working 61 32 7
Highly respected 61 33 6
Extravagant 55 38 6
Intelligent 62 29 9
Concerned about people in real need 52 40 8
Have high moral standards 48 44 8
Irresponsible 33 60 7
Just like any other family 36 63 2
Out of touch with ordinary people 68 28 4
Lazy 20 72 8
Bad for Britain's Image 13 84 4
Broad minded 40 49 10
Important to me 36 62 2
Value for money 45 48 7
In touch with the mood of the country 44 49 7
Badly behaved 29 66 5

Q4 As you may or may not be aware, The Queen celebrates her Golden Jubilee next year. There will be a bank holiday known as the Golden Jubilee Weekend which will run from 1-4 June. How are you most likely to spend this bank holiday?

  %
By attending a Golden Jubilee event such as a street part 15
By treating it like any other bank holiday such as doing DIY or going out for a day with the family 59
Doing something else 22
Don't know 4

Q5a How strongly do you agree or disagree that ... ... the future of the Monarchy is safe in the hands of Prince William. ... my opinion of the Royal Family has got worse over the past few years.

  Safe with Prince William Royal family has got worse
  % %
Strongly agree 31 20
Tend to agree 39 26
Neither agree or disagree 12 10
Tend to disagree 8 24
Strongly disagree 4 17
Don't know 7 2
Agree 70 46
Disagree 11 42

Q5b Looking to the future, do you think that Britain will or will not have a monarchy in 25 / 50 / 100 years time?

  25 Years 50 Years 100 Years
  % % %
Will 67 39 27
Will not 25 43 53
Don't know 8 18 20

Fieldwork dates: 4-6 January 2002

Q6 Which, if any, of the following do you think the Monarchy should do?

  %
Modernise to reflect changes in British life 54
Send their children to state schools 16
Become more democratic - like some other European Royal Families 47
Become more like ordinary people 30
Remain broadly unchanged 28
None of these 2

Q7 How would you rate the following at the job they are doing, on a scale of one to ten, where ten is outstanding and one is useless.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DK 1-4 5-7 8-10 MS
  % % % % % % % % % % % % % %  
The Queen as Monarch 4 2 3 3 10 8 12 19 14 22 2 13 30 56 7.31
Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales and heir to the throne 7 3 4 8 16 12 18 17 6 6 2 23 46 29 6.00
Prince William as Prince and second in line heir to the throne 2 2 3 3 16 8 15 24 10 11 7 10 39 45 6.94
The Royal Family overall 5 3 4 8 18 14 18 18 5 5 2 19 51 28 6.10

Q8 What are the first names of The Queen's four children?

  %
Charles 90
Andrew 71
Edward 73
Anne 78

1 correct answer 5
2 correct answers 11
3 correct answers 19
4 correct answers 57
None of these mentioned 8

Q9 And finally, what are the first names of Peggy Mitchell's three children in the soap opera Eastenders?

  %
Grant 51
Phil/Phillip 53
Sam 21

1 correct answer 6
2 correct answers 29
3 correct answers 20
None of these mentioned 45

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