A poll conducted by the Opinium Research ‘Monarchy Tracker’ has shown that over half its respondents would like to see the Duke of Cambridge succeed Her Majesty The Queen upon the latter’s passing.
The survey took responses from a pool of 2003 British adults and was conducted from the 29th of December 2016 to the 3rd of January 2017.
52% of those who responded indicated that they would rather have Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge as the next British monarch in comparison to just 27% who favoured His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales.
In addition to tracking support for Her Majesty’s heirs, the tracker also revealed insights into people’s opinions of the monarchy as a whole as well. As always, support for the British monarchy is at a comfortable high, with around 80% reporting that they wish for the institution to continue. Likewise, a similar number — 70% — believe that the British monarchy presents a positive image for Britain abroad.
Much of the monarchy’s popularity is reported to be tied to The Queen herself, and it also indicates that support is generally weaker among younger Britons.
James Endersby, the Managing Director of the Opinium Research team, stated that the polls indicate that the monarchy still commands great respect among British citizens, confirming a consistently high approval rating that has remained steady for much of The Queen’s reign. In comparison, Gallup reported an approval rating of just 19% for the American Congress at the start of this year, while the British Parliament generally enjoys a 36% approval rating on average according to a report from 2015.
“However,” he added, “Young people are not as invested [in the British monarchy] as the older generation, and this does raise questions about the future of the monarchy after The Queen — will the institution survive survive without one of history’s most respected sovereigns?”
At the same time, Endersby also pointed out that there is a still a strong fascination with the British monarchy as well, citing the strong success of Netflix original serial drama The Crown — recently the winner of a Golden Globe Award — as an indication that there is still an interest in the House of Windsor outside of the news.