A new Ipsos MORI poll shows that most Britons think Prince William and Kate Middleton’s child should have a normal job before taking on royal duties, however, most also think it is impossible for royal children to have a normal upbringing. Meanwhile support for Britain remaining a monarchy remains high and more people think Prince Charles should not give up his right to the throne in favour of Prince William than think he should.
Two in three (65%) Britons believe the child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge should have a normal job before taking on full time royal duties while 20% disagree. However, seven in ten (70%) people think that it is impossible for the children of royalty to have a normal upbringing while a quarter (24%) disagree.
Despite a desire for the Royal baby to have a normal upbringing just three in ten (29%) think Prince William and Kate Middleton should send their child to a state school, while 48% disagree.
Support for Britain remaining a monarchy remains high with over three quarters (77%) of Britons favouring a monarchy over a republic. Under one in five (17%) think Britain should become a republic. This is close to the best ever level of support for the monarchy (recorded last year during the Jubilee celebrations with 80% favouring a monarchy and 13% a republic). Support for the monarchy is highest among older age groups with nine in ten (89%) of those aged 65+ in favour of a monarchy compared to 68% of those aged 18-24.
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There are some interesting differences in support for the monarchy by party support:
- 95% of Conservative Party supporters favour a monarchy over a republic, as do 85% of UKIP supporters.
- 87% of Liberal Democrats support a monarchy which represents an increase from 2006 (before the formation of the Coalition) when only 66% of Liberal Democrats supported the monarchy and 25% favoured a republic. Now only 13% of Liberal Democrats favour a republic.
- Support for the monarchy is lowest among Labour supporters (69%) where 25% favour a republic.
Around half (52%) of the British public think Prince Charles should not pass on his right to be the next monarch in favour of Prince William, while a third (35%) think he should. Age again is a differentiator of opinion with the youngest age group (18-24) being more likely than those aged 65+ to say Prince Charles should step aside for Prince William (44% and 33% respectively).
Head of Political Research at Ipsos MORI, Gideon Skinner, said:
“The Diamond Jubilee is extending its halo, with support for the monarchy approaching all-time high levels. There is both sympathy for the challenges facing any children born to royalty but also a desire for Kate and William’s child to experience more of a normal world of work.”
Notes to Editors:
Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative sample of 1,000 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain. Interviews were conducted by telephone 13th – 15th July 2013. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.