After a year of scandal, the popularity of every member of the royal family has plummeted, according to a new poll.
The survey, conducted by the research company, found that 49 percent of Canadian respondents said they would prefer an elected head of state than a king or queen. Only 21 percent said they preferred the monarchy.
“This is the lowest level we’ve seen for a monarchy since I started tracking it,” said research company president Mario Canseco.
The Queen is considered the most favored royal (64 percent), but the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, is among the most unpopular (35 percent).
“He’s someone who really isn’t doing very well in any demographic when it comes to Canadians,” Canseco said.
“The numbers are very low with Baby Boomers, low with Generation Xers, low with Millennials. Even those who want the monarchy to continue believe that Prince William is a There will be better kings,” he said.
A representative of the Monarchist League of Canada called the vote an interesting discussion, but believes that if a referendum ever takes place on the future of Windsor House, Canadians will vote overwhelmingly in its favor.
Bruce Holser said, “Canadians vote with their feet every time they visit Canada on a royal visit.”
Historically, there has been a surge of support after the royal tour, but due to the pandemic, they have not been possible.
As far as Prince Charles’ popularity is concerned, Halser believes it will improve once he ascends the throne.
“In countries that are republics, it’s always hard to be vice president,” Holser said. “And I think that in the monarchies of the world you will actually find that the reigning monarch has a lot more approval than the next in line.”
The results are based on an online study conducted from February 18 to February 20, 2022 among 1,000 adults in Canada. Data are statistically weighted according to Canada’s Census data for age, gender and region. The margin of error — which measures sample variability — is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.