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Fewer Canadians want the monarchy to continue: poll

Positive perceptions of the monarchy and members of the royal family are declining among Canadians. new request by Research Co.

Only 19 percent of Canadians prefer the country to remain a monarchy, down 12 points from a similar poll in September 2022, according to data released Wednesday.

According to regional data, 24 per cent of Albertans (down 18 points) and Atlantic Canadians (down 16 points) said they would prefer to continue the monarchy, while in B.C. 23 percent of residents (down 11 points) felt the same. road

The numbers are lower in Saskatchewan and Manitoba (20 per cent, down 6 points), Ontario (19 per cent, down 12 points) and Quebec (14 per cent, down 11 points).

Only 32 per cent of Canadians have a favorable opinion of King Charles III, down 14 points from the last poll, according to the latest data.

Fewer than four Canadians (22 per cent, down 10 points) expressed similar feelings about Queen Consort Camilla.

“In February 2022, almost two-thirds of Canadians (64 per cent) had a favorable opinion of Queen Elizabeth II,” Research Co. president Mario Canseco said in a press release. “Thirteen months later, the rating of the current monarch is exactly half.”

This latest poll found that the number of Canadians who had positive views of the four other members of the royal family also fell.

For example, 54 per cent of Canadians (down 13 per cent) had a positive view of William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales, and felt less favorable towards Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (46 per cent, down 18 points) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (41 per cent). , down 12 points).

Canadians who watched Netflix’s Harry and Meghan were more likely to have a positive view of the couple, 71 percent and 68 percent, respectively.

Seventy percent of Canadians (down four points) think King Charles III should commit to reducing the carbon footprint of the entire royal family, while 65 percent (down four points) want him to push for reconciliation with indigenous people.

When it comes to Prince William becoming the monarch of Great Britain and the other 14 Commonwealth realms, 50 per cent of Canadians (down 5 points) said they would like to see him get the job.

About a third of Canadians (35 per cent, up one point) say they would have a problem with King Charles III being featured on Canadian coins and bills.

Just under half of Canadians expect there will still be a monarchy in twenty years, 47 per cent (down 5 points), while 36 per cent (up 5 points) think the country will have an elected head of state by then.

The methodology.

The results are based on an online survey conducted between March 3 and March 5, 2023, among 1,000 Canadian adults. Data are statistically weighted according to Canadian Census figures for age, sex, and region. The margin of error, which measures sampling variability, is +/- 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Reporting for this story was paid for through the Meta-funded Afghanistan Reporters in Residence program.

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