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Support in the UK for the monarchy rises after Queen’s funeral

A new poll in the United Kingdom taken after the Queen’s funeral shows support for the monarchy has increased.

September 23, 2022
By Christopher McKeon, PA
23 September 2022

Support for the monarchy has increased in the United Kingdom following the Queen’s funeral, a new poll has found.

Almost half of those polled by Ipsos on Tuesday and Wednesday said Britain would be worse if the monarchy was abolished while less than a quarter said the country would be improved as a republic.

The last official photo of Queen Elizabeth II released on the eve of her funeral. (Ranald Mackechnie/Buckingham Palace via AP)

The poll of 1000 adults found 47 per cent saying the UK would be worse without a monarch, up from 42 per cent who said the same shortly after the Platinum Jubilee in June.

Only 22 per cent said abolishing the monarchy would make the country better, the same proportion as in February 2022 and down slightly from 23 per cent in June.

Over the longer term, support for a republic has increased slightly from 15 per cent in March 2018 while support for the monarchy continues to fluctuate around 45 per cent.

Opinion on the monarchy is more divided among those aged between 18 and 34.

Only 33 per cent of younger people believe the country would be worse-off without a monarch while 32 per cent believe the country would be better and 26 per cent think it would make no difference.

Queen Elizabeth II funeral
King Charles III and the Prince of Wales at the Queen’s funeral. (Jane Barlow/PA)

Despite this ambivalence, a majority of the public now believes the monarchy will last for another half century.

Some 56 per cent of people now expect the monarchy to last for at least another 50 years, up from 45 per cent in March 2022.

The proportion saying Charles III will make a good King has risen from 49 per cent to 61 per cent, closer to the levels of support for the Prince of Wales, whom 72 per cent expect to do a good job as King when the time comes.

Kelly Beaver, chief executive of Ipsos in the UK and Ireland, said: “After the sad events of the Queen’s passing, King Charles starts his reign with the majority of Britons optimistic that he will make a good king, and an increased belief in the longevity of the monarchy.

“As the country emerges from its mourning period, though, it will be important to track whether this is sustained, especially as the challenge of demonstrating relevance to younger generations remains.”

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