Royal Family Poll

MORI Poll for the Daily Mail, April 2001

Royal Family Poll

Technical details

  • MORI interviewed 1,003 British adults aged 18+
  • Interviews were conducted by telephone on 10-12 April 2001
  • Results are based on all respondents unless otherwise stated
  • Data are weighted to the known population profile
  • An '*' indicates a finding of less than 0.5%, but greater than zero
  • Where percentages do not add up to exactly 100% this may be due to computer rounding, the exclusion of "don't knows" or to multiple answers
  • Poll conducted by MORI on behalf of The Daily Mail

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 29%
Labour 53%
Liberal Democrats 12%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist (SNP/Plaid Cymru) 3%
Green Party 1%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party 1%
Other 1%

Would not vote 10%
Undecided 9%
Refused 6%

 

Q1 If there were a referendum on the issue, would you favour Britain becoming a republic or remaining a monarchy?

  %
Republic 19
Monarchy 70
Would not vote 3
Don't know 8

Q2 And which of the following statements is closest to your own view? Base: All who would favour Britain becoming a republic (186)

  %
Britain should become a republic with the Queen replaced by a president chosen by parliament 19
Britain should become a republic with the Queen replaced by a president elected by the public 67
Neither of these 11
Other 2
Don't know 1

 

Q3 And which one of the following statements comes closest to your own view? Base: All who would favour Britain remaining a monarchy (719)

  %
The monarchy's role should remain broadly unchanged 30
The monarchy should be modernised to reflect changes in British life 65
Neither of these 3
Other 1
Don't know 1

 

Q4 Now thinking about how the Monarchy might develop in the twenty-first century... Which 2 or 3 of these do you think are the most important aspects of the Monarch's job?

  %
Promoting the interests of Britain abroad 55
Working with charities 43
Attracting tourism 34
Being head of the Commonwealth 23
Speaking out on important issues 20
Attending events and functions across the country 19
Being head of the Church of England 13
Other 2
Don't know 5

 

Q5 Do you think Sophie Rhys-Jones (the Countess of Wessex) was right or wrong to resign from her job at a Public Relations company?

  %
Right to resign job 43
Wrong to resign job 37
Don't know 20

 

Q6 Do you think that Prince Edward should or should not continue to have a job outside of his duties as a member of the Royal Family? Q7 And do you think that Sophie Rhys-Jones (the Countess of Wessex) should or should not continue to have a job outside of her duties as a member of the Royal Family?

  Prince Edward % Sophie Rhys-Jones %
Should 80 81
Should not 13 13
Don't know 7 6

 

Q8 If Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones (the Countess of Wessex) continue to have jobs, do you think they should or should not receive money from the privy purse? They currently receive £140,000.

  %
Should receive money from privy purse 24
Should not receive money from privy purse 70
Don't know 6

 

Q8a It has been suggested by some Members of Parliament that a Register of Royal Interests should be set up, so that the Royal Family's business interests are publicly known. Do you support or oppose this idea?

  %
Strongly support 38
Tend to support 30
Neither support nor oppose 6
Tend to oppose 11
Strongly oppose 12
Don't know 3

 

Q9 How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones (the Countess of Wessex) are unfairly using their positions as members of the Royal Family to help their own businesses.

  %
Strongly agree 25
Tend to agree 23
Neither agree nor disagree 13
Tend to disagree 17
Strongly disagree 13
Don't know 9

 

Q10 Generally speaking, do you think that Prince Charles or Tony Blair is most in tune with the views of the British public?

  %
Prince Charles 30
Tony Blair 44
Neither 21
Don't know 5

 

Q11 Thinking about [the following issues] do you think that Prince Charles or Tony Blair is most in tune with the views of the British public?

  Countryside and Farming GM Foods Fox hunting with hounds European Army
  % % % %
Prince Charles 57 52 29 15
Tony Blair 26 25 45 42
Neither 11 9 14 15
Don't know 6 14 12 28

 

Q12 Assuming Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles stay together, do you think they should get married or continue their relationship outside marriage?

  %
Get married 47
Continue relationship outside marriage 28
Don't know 25

Q13 If Prince Charles were to marry Camilla Parker-Bowles, do you think he should still be allowed to become King, or not?

  %
Should 64
Should not 30
Don't know 6

Q14 And do you think Camilla should become Queen by his side?

  %
Yes 27
No 67
Don't know 6

 

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