Royal Family Poll, November 1999

Research study conducted for the Daily Mail Newspaper, published 15 November 1999

Royal Family Poll, November 1999

Research study conducted for the Daily Mail Newspaper - published 15 November 1999 MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,003 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain between 8-10 November 1999.

  • MORI interviewed 1,003 adults aged 18+
  • Interviews were conducted by telephone on 8-10 November 1999.
  • Based on all unless otherwise stated.
  • Data are weighted to the profile of Great Britain.
  • An '*' indicates a finding of less than 0.5%, but greater than zero.

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

Republic 16%
Monarchy 74%
Would not vote 2%
Don't know 8%

Q2 And in a referendum with the following options, would you vote for Britain ... ?

Remaining a monarchy 69%
Becoming a republic with the Queen replaced with a president chosen by Parliament 4%
Becoming a republic with the Queen replaced with a president elected by the public 21%
Would not vote 2%
Don't know 4%

Q3 As you may know, at the weekend Australia held a referendum on whether to become a republic or to remain a monarchy.

Would you personally like to see a referendum on whether Britain should become a republic or remain a monarchy?

Yes, would like a referendum 33%
No, would not like a referendum 60%
Don't know 7%

Q4 Do you think that the monarchy does or does not have an important role to play in the future of Britain?

Does 70%
Does not 25%
Don't know 5%

Q5 Do you think that the Queen should abdicate at some stage, or should she remain Queen as long as possible?

Abdicate 32%
Remain Queen 60%
Don't know 8%

Q6 And do you think that when the Queen's reign comes to an end, the Monarchy should or should not continue?

 

Should 76%
Should not 18%
Don't know 6%

Q7 Looking to the future, do you think Britain will or will not have a monarchy ... .

  Will Will not Don't know Net
  % % % 177
in ten years? 78 15 7 +63
in fifty years? 29 45 26 -16
in one hundred years? 16 56 28 -40

Q8 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 67%
Being head of the Commonwealth 26%
Being head of the Church of England 12%
Attending events and functions across the country 17%
Working with charities 37%
Attracting tourism 29%
Speaking out on important issues 19%
Other 1%
Don't know 3%

Q9 In your view, do you think the Queen should or should not continue to be the Monarch in Commonwealth countries?

Should 53%
Should not 29%
Don't know 18%

Q10 On balance, do you think that Prince Charles will make a good king or a bad king when he comes to the throne in future?

Good king 59%
Bad king 25%
Neither 16%

Q11 And now thinking about the relationship between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, do you think they should continue their relationship privately, be completely public about it, or split up?

Continue their relationship privately 33%
Be completely public about it 48%
Split up 10%
Don't know 9%

Q12 Assuming they stay together, do you think they should get married or continue their relationship outside marriage?

They should get married 49%
Continue relationship outside marriage 30%
Neither / don't know 21%

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

Should be allowed 61%
Should not be allowed 34%
Don't know 5%

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

Yes 17%
No 78%
Don't know 5%

Q15 Generally speaking, do you think that Prince Charles or Tony Blair is most in tune with the views of the British public?

Tony Blair 49%
Prince Charles 29%
Neither 16%
Don't know 6%

Thinking about Prince Charles ...

Q16 Do you think he should or should not make his views known publicly on ... ?

  Should Should not Don't know
  % % %
Fox hunting with hounds 72 23 5
GM - Genetically modified - food 82 13 5
The countryside and farming 86 12 2
Protection of the environment 93 6 1
Architecture and the quality of buildings 80 18 2

Q17 I am going to read out the same issues again ... For each one, from what you know or have heard, do you think that Prince Charles is or is not in tune with the views of the British public?

  Is in tune Is not in tune Don't know
  % % %
Fox hunting with hounds 33 57 10
GM - Genetically modified - food 67 20 13
The countryside and farming 68 21 11
Protection of the environment 80 12 8
Architecture and the quality of buildings 61 27 12

Q18 Prince William leaves school next year and is planning to go to university. Once he has finished university, which of the following do you think he should do first?

Spend all of his time on Royal duties 6%
Spend some time in the armed forces 29%
Spend some time gaining experience in the private sector 32%
Spend some time working for a charity 19%
It's up to him 5%
Spend some time travelling 1%
Having a good time 1%
Other 1%
Don't know 7%

Q19 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? - (Base: 502)

Should 87%
Should not 8%
Don't know 5%

Q20 And do you think that Sophie Rhys-Jones should or should not continue to have a job outside of her duties as a member of the Royal Family? - (Base: 501)

Should 85%
Should not 7%
Don't know 8%

Q21 Finally, do you agree or disagree with the following statement ...

"Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones are unfairly using their position as members of the Royal Family to help their own businesses"

Strongly agree 18%
Tend to agree 25%
Neither agree nor disagree 6%
Tend to disagree 28%
Strongly disagree 14%
Don't know 9%

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