A new YouGov poll shows a majority of Britons (52%) are NOT interested in the coronation, with just 15% 'very interested’ and 29% only 'fairly interested'.
The poll also shows a large majority (73%) believe the royals should pay for the procession and ceremony – with 37% saying they should pay for the entire coronation and 36% saying they should pay for the procession and ceremony whilst the UK Government funds things like police and security. If given the choice 61% would not contribute their taxes to fund the event.
Campaign group Republic welcomed the results and called on broadcasters to do better in reflecting the diversity of views on the monarchy and the coronation.
Speaking for the group, Graham Smith said today:
"When only 15% are enthusiastic about the coronation and - according to other polls - more than 30% want the monarchy abolished, it's hard to claim this is a national celebration. Or that we're a nation of royalists."
"Of course, it's easy to be fairly interested even if you're also fairly indifferent to the monarchy. It's a big event that's being endlessly promoted with few critical voices being heard on TV and radio. But that's a far cry from the national enthusiasm and celebration being projected by some in the media."
"The picture is clear: we are not a nation gearing up to celebrate the coronation - and that's a good thing. Most of us aren't that interested, and most of us think the royals should pay. A growing number of us want the monarchy abolished."
"Sadly, this won't change the fact that the coronation will be trumpeted as a national event and the taxpayer will still pick up the £100m bill."
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,002 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 29th - 30th March 2023. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).
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