Royal POLL: Would you choose republicanism over Prince Charles when Queen dies?

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The Queen remains the most popular royal across all ages and genders in Britain, according to data shared by YouGov. The monarch, who ascended to the throne in 1952, is the most popular member of the Royal Family and the most famous, data collected by the pollster between July and October 2020 shows. 

Out of the 1080 people surveyed, 78 percent of them have a positive opinion of the Queen.

Only 11 percent of those polled have a negative opinion of the monarch and 10 percent held a neutral position on her.

The Queen is most loved by people falling in the Baby Boomer generation – lasting between 1946 and 1964.

However, she is also highly appreciated by Millennials (born between 1981 and 1996) and the so-called Generation X (born between 1965 and 1980). 

On the other hand, Prince Charles is only the sixth most popular royal, YouGov data shows, and is positioned behind Prince William, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Anne and Prince Philip.

Among the polled, 47 percent holds him in a positive light while 20 percent have a negative opinion of him and 31 percent a neutral one.

Among those who have a positive opinion of him, 54 percent are Baby Boomers, 47 percent Millennials and 40 percent are from Generation X.

While Prince Charles appears to be less liked than the Queen, he is appreciated by the people surveyed for his interest in the environment as well as his intelligence and knowledgeability. 

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And, one royal expert has observed, he has gained much respect over the past few years, which will help him during his reign.

Former BBC’s royal correspondent Jennie Bond told Platinum magazine: “Certainly while the Queen remains on the throne and, eventually, Prince Charles, who’s commanded a lot of respect in recent years, there is something undeniably stable which helps the nation.

“It’s quietly comforting knowing that The Queen is there in the background and in the foreground when we want her.”

Over the past few weeks, Prince Charles has also been experiencing a wave of criticism and abuse online, with some Twitter users telling him they hope he’ll never become king. 

Criticism against him and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, appears to have increased after the fourth season of Netflix’s The Crown was released in mid-November.

The latest 10 episodes of this popular show have focused on the love triangle between Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Camilla.

The main group campaigning for an elected Head of State in the UK is Republic.

None of the three major political parties in Britain, Labour Party, Conservative Party and SNP, have an official policy on republicanism.   

Across the Commonwealth, republicanism has seen a resurgence over the past few years.

In September, Barbados announced its intention to sever ties with the Crown by November 2021.

Asked to comment on the Commonwealth country’s plans a palace spokesman said: “This is a matter for the government and people of Barbados.” 

Jamaica is tipped to become the next Caribbean country to express make a similar move.

Australia nearly embraced republicanism in 1999, when the country held a referendum on whether to keep or ditch the monarchy.

The Queen remained the country’s Head of State after 54.9 percent voted in favour of the Crown.   



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