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Almost a quarter in Wales think monarchy should end with the Queen, poll suggests

15 May 2022 2 minutes Read
Prince Charles. Picture by Kirsty Wigglesworth / PA Wire

Almost a quarter of people in Wales think that the monarchy should end with the Queen, a new survey has suggested.

The poll by the think tank British Future found that with don’t knows removed 23% in Wales thought the monarchy should end at the end of the Queen’s reign.

However, the figure for Wales was lower than both Scotland and England, where 40% and 26% thought the same.

Support for the monarchy was also higher in Wales than elsewhere in the UK. With don’t knows removed, 70% in Wales thought it should continue ‘for the foreseeable future’ while 68% and 51% in England and Scotland thought the same.

The poll suggested that support for the Royals might dip over time however as only 47% of 18-24-year-olds across the UK wanted to keep the monarchy.

The survey was released in order to coincide with the four day Queen’s Jubilee on the weekend starting on 2 June.

73% of people in Wales and two-thirds across England said they were interested in the Jubilee. However, only 48% in Scotland showed a similar enthusiasm.

The findings are included in a forthcoming British Future report looking at how attitudes have changed in the 10 years since the last jubilee. Polling was carried out for the study by FocalData.


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Lebowski
Lebowski
13 days ago

Only a quarter?

arthur owen
13 days ago
Reply to  Lebowski

This reflects on your reading,Daily Mail readers would think it was far to many.May I further suggest that there are more of them than of us.

Quornby
Quornby
13 days ago
Reply to  Lebowski

It’s 100% in our house

Kurt C
Kurt C
13 days ago
Reply to  Lebowski

I know, I barely know a royalist. Did they ask Pembrokeshire, Powys or Monmouthshire only.

arthur owen
13 days ago

Another way of putting it would be’more than three quarters of the Welsh want to retain the monarchy’,it all depaends on your point of view but I think Prince Charles can relax about it.You also suggest that the monarchists will die out this is true,but young republicans can change into old monarchists.By the way,I am a lifelong Welsh Nationalist and thoroughly agnostic about the monarchy.

The Original Mark
The Original Mark
13 days ago

British Future just another “independent” London based think tank claiming charitable status, run by a Mr Katwala who appears to think everyone should claim their Englishness???

Richard
Richard
13 days ago

Some regular contributors to nation Cymru make the simple error of equating Monarchists to Elizabethans ( a term well used in Australia 🇦🇺 and New Zealand 🇳🇿 plus Canada 🇨🇦…….) The service and tolerance of this fine lady need to be acknowledged for their fortitude and success in a difficult role and at 97 she certainly has done her bit. As we near the conclusion of the second Elizabeth Age …..we need a national conversation in Wales as to direction, purpose and shape of our needs and aspirations for a Head of State. My own preference is for a directly… Read more »

Welsh_Siôn
Welsh_Siôn
13 days ago
Reply to  Richard

Some regular contributors to nation Cymru make the simple error of equating Monarchists to Elizabethans 

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Well, I’m sure a lot of us aren’t Carlists … 😉

Richard
Richard
13 days ago
Reply to  Welsh_Siôn

In Australia the term Elizabethans is used in Gvt and society by most to indicate no wish to enter a Regency let alone a Carlo age …

Dafydd ap Robart
Dafydd ap Robart
13 days ago
Reply to  Richard

Saith deg mlynedd ar sgwlcs. Pwy sy’n dweud nad yw’r Wladwriaeth Les yn gofalu am hawlwyr.

The Original Mark
The Original Mark
13 days ago
Reply to  Richard

She is the head of the biggest crime family that has ever existed, whatever name you want to call them. None of them deserve the fawning forelock tugging BS that we’re about to be bombarded with.

Richard
Richard
13 days ago

What ever thoughts you have about QE2 – it is a few on the same level of support ARTD has in Wales ! There a thoughts 💭 🙈

Dewi Davies
Dewi Davies
13 days ago

I wonder how many English people living in Wales were asked this question and then included in the survey results.

(Nid y) Y Mab Darogan
(Nid y) Y Mab Darogan
13 days ago
Reply to  Dewi Davies

Exactly. There’s a world of difference between a Cymro/Cymraes and somebody who just lives here.

Richard
Richard
13 days ago
Reply to  Dewi Davies

A simple view Dewi – but just look at how many of those with our thoughts on Wales future – cannot get their ‘ OBEs etc fast enough or who flock to London to get them ….

Dewi Davies
Dewi Davies
13 days ago
Reply to  Richard

You are of course 100% correct in what you say.Theres plenty of Dic Sion Dafydds around and I know a few myself unfortunately. I was just wondering what the actual result of the survey would be without any incomer input or influence.

Richard
Richard
13 days ago
Reply to  Dewi Davies

I would worry more about the local Tammany Hall Labour place-men who just love ❤️ the current buggins turn for honours or the Plaid backing North West rural or Cardiff elite who speak with fork
Tongues on these matters.

Rob
Rob
12 days ago
Reply to  Dewi Davies

Considering the equivalent numbers for England, it’s statistically likely that inclusion of ‘English’ people in this would have lowered rather than increased the number of respondents supporting the monarchy in Wales.

Doctor Trousers
13 days ago

Ask most of these people why they want to retain the monarchy and the best argument they can come up with is tourism. Yet the entire basis for the supposed evidence for their value to tourism is the visitor numbers to any attraction even tangentially related to the monarchy. I’d like to see some surveys carried out as to the actual reasons people choose to visit these attractions, because I don’t believe that the continued existence of the monarchy plays that significant a role. The interest in our historical attractions is, after all, historical. And I would wager that the… Read more »

Last edited 13 days ago by Doctor Trousers
Philip Jones
Philip Jones
13 days ago

To confirm your view – take France, no monarchy for over 200 years but millions still visit Versailles and other ex-royal castles and palaces.

Doctor Trousers
13 days ago
Reply to  Philip Jones

I’ve heard that the Place de la Concorde is pretty popular with the tourists too.

The Original Mark
The Original Mark
13 days ago

You only have to look at Visit Britain’s regular research into popular visitor attractions, royal residencies are pretty low on the list.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
13 days ago

Oh dear me. How many more generations before we wise up?

Cynan
Cynan
13 days ago

Only a quarter? How thoroughly disappointing that so many of The People are happy to kneel to the German Queen of the English.
Serf mentality is what holds us all back.
EDIT: Oh wait! The polling org are called British Future and no reference is made to the size and constitution of the sample group.
That which is asserted without verifiable evidence can be dismissed without evidence

Last edited 13 days ago by Cynan
Y Cymro
Y Cymro
13 days ago

You cannot claim to live in a democracy where there’s a Monarchy ruling over you. Both are incomparable with one another. And once the Queen passes the archaic system of Monarchy should end with her and Wales should become a republic ruled by the people for the people

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
13 days ago

The big question is why does 75% want to keep them? What exactly have they done for us, particulary in Cymru? Apart from being good reporting material, people love the megan v kate stuff, they own vast tracts of land, live in a world competely separate from ordinary people, pay little tax and are a waste of public money.

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
13 days ago

Pity it is only a quarter, especially sad that so many Welsh people don’t have any self-respect instead of looking up to the English monarchy

Richard
Richard
12 days ago
Reply to  Stephen Owen

English ? Check your history ! A look at Hanover might help ? 🥹

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
12 days ago
Reply to  Richard

The title is King or Queen of England, Wales was taken over, that is my point. Also as far as I know the Queen was born and brought up in England, but my main point is the title not where someone’s ancestors came from a few hundred years ago

Dave
Dave
12 days ago

The question was “are you interested in the Queens Jubilee” if you answer yes then you support the Monarchy. That is a bit of a jump for me.

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
12 days ago
Reply to  Dave

Yes, exactly. I did wonder how this question had been phrased. It’s a massive manipulation of the data to extrapolate support for the monarchy from those results!

And as someone else has pointed out, support for the current monarch may not necessarily translate into support for the institution as a whole.

Cynan
Cynan
12 days ago
Reply to  Dave

Yes it seems like a very leading question and checking out the website of the completely unbiased “British Future” polling org, apart from using a very small dataset, they seem obsessed with the monarchy and the union. A less charitable person than myself might conclude that opinions are collected that confirm their pre-held biases

Andrew Redman
Andrew Redman
12 days ago

When was this survey carried out? How many were actually surveyed in Wales?

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
12 days ago
Reply to  Andrew Redman

Good point!

Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
11 days ago

If the truth is known the majority was simply not interested in fate of the UK monarchy.
…As long as they get paid days off work.

Just get on with Independence and building a new Welsh nation with a written constitution.

Australia and New Zealand recognises the UK monarch as long as it does not interfere with their parliament and their independent sovereign policy & decision making.

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