Prince William should be next on throne, poll says
Move over Prince Charles. Please.
That’s the message from an Angus Reid poll in which a majority of respondents from three countries -- Canada, Australia and Britain -- said they would prefer Prince William to become king after Queen Elizabeth.
Surprisingly, the poll about the Royal Family also found that only about a third of Canadians are content to have their country remain a monarchy.
Among the 2,005 Canadians polled, 37 per cent said they favoured an elected head of state. In Australia, where republicanism has a strong foothold, only 28 per cent preferred the republic option. In Britain, 54 per cent remain loyal to the notion of monarchy.
The poll also revealed that the Queen has been surpassed by her grandson William and his wife Catherine as the most liked members of the Royal Family.
That is hardly surprising considering how the young newlyweds captured the world’s attention since the royal wedding, though the Queen is still a strong third. In Canada, William scores 77 per cent approval to 73 for Kate and 71 for the Queen. They are followed by Prince Harry (66%), Prince Philip (51%), Prince Charles (34%) and Camilla (21%).
The survey, which polled about 5,550 adults in the three Commonwealth countries, showed support for the monarchy is strongest in Britain with 54 percent preferring to keep the royal model. However, in the three countries surveyed, between 20 and 30 per cent said being a republic or a monarchy makes no difference.
While 47 per cent of Canadians favoured having Prince William as the next King, another 28 per cent said there should be no monarch after Elizabeth. In Britian, 51 per cent favoured William as the next monarch compared to just 31 per cent for Charles. Another 12 per cent preferred no replacement for Elizabeth.