BMG polling finds that 46% of the public would support Prince Charles abdicating and passing on the crown to Prince William.

BMG interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1508 respondents between 4th and 7th December, of which 46% supported the proposition that, in the event of the Queen passing away, Prince Charles should abdicate the throne to his son Prince William. Meanwhile, only 25% of Britons were opposed to this, while 29% either had no opinion or did not know.

Older respondents aged 55 and over were more likely than average to oppose such an abdication, with 36% of this age group opposed. This compares to just 17% of those aged 18 to 24, and to 16% of those aged 25 to 34.

Interestingly, considering the gender split on this question, we find that women tend to support this move more than men, with 51% of women in support of this move. However, men were not more likely to be opposed to the notion, but instead more likely than women to offer no opinion on the matter altogether.

Perhaps surprisingly, there were no significant variances between the ABC1 and C2DE social grades, who shared similar levels of support and opposition towards this idea. This was also the case for Education.

If Charles were to become King, should Camilla take the title of Queen?

In accordance with English common law, Camilla whose current title is Duchess of Cornwall, should become ‘queen consort’ when Charles becomes king. However, 54% of those polled were of the conviction that Camilla should not take the title. Interestingly, this figure rises to 62% among those aged 65 and over. Meanwhile, only 20% of the public were in support of Camilla taking up the title of Queen.

Politically there were noticeable differences when comparing the results in terms of political preference. Conservative supporters were more likely to be in support of Camilla taking the title of Queen (27%), as opposed to Labour supporters of whom just 16% supported Camilla taking the title.

Taxpayer funding of the royal family

The poll also examined the public’s views on a set of options with regards to the taxpayer funding of the royal family.

Only 12% of respondents felt that members of the Royal family, including those Royals not in the immediate line of succession, should receive taxpayer funding.

More were of the view that only those in the immediate line of succession should receive taxpayer funding (38%), with close to as many saying no members of the Royal family should receive taxpayer funding (35%).

An article based on these polling results, released by the Independent, can be found here

Methodology, fieldwork dates, and a breakdown of these results can be found here.


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Jonathan Vining – Research Assistant

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