King Charles is not the people’s choice

2 November 2018

Campaigners have called for an urgent wide-ranging national debate about the future of the monarchy following the Queen’s reign.
 
Responding to reports that the Queen could soon abdicate or choose to make Charles Prince Regent in a matter of years, Republic is urging MPs to begin a crucial debate about our future head of state and the possible democratic alternatives to the monarchy.
 
Polls show 46% would prefer 'someone else' to succeed the Queen while only 37% want Charles to be King. Support for the monarchy could fall by as much as 38% if a future King Charles was known to be influencing government policy. 
 
A Republic spokesperson said today:
 
“It’s time to stop speculating and have a serious debate about the monarchy. This decision is too important to be left to one person.” 
 
“It would be a mistake to put this off any longer. If we don’t have this discussion soon, we’ll get a nasty surprise when Charles becomes King.”
 
“Almost half of Brits would prefer 'someone else' to succeed the Queen, while only 37% want Charles.”
 
“It’s clear the people want to choose who succeeds the Queen, and that choice is simply not on offer under the monarchy.”
 
“King Charles would not be the people’s choice, and that will have the monarchy worried.”
 
“Last week we witnessed the re-election of Michael D. Higgins as Irish president, an election that saw Ireland embrace the democratic process. It will leave many wondering why we can’t do the same in the UK.”
 
“Prince Charles poses the greatest risk to the future of the monarchy – that’s why the transition is being so carefully managed. The royals are trying to pull the wool over our eyes, and deny us the opportunity to have a say.”
 
“The monarchy is a broken institution. A head of state that’s chosen by us could really represent our hopes and aspirations – and help us keep politicians in check.”
 
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 1,615 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 10th - 11th May 2018.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).
 
The full results can be found on the YouGov website or you can see a pdf of the results at www.republic.org.uk/republic_yougov_poll_results
 

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