40% of 18-24 y/olds are in favour of abolishing the monarchy
Posted by Ian M on September 17, 2022, 4:06 pm, in reply to "Reminds me of Graham Greene, esp Monsignor Quixote"
That's more than those in favour of keeping the institution, 37%: https://docs.cdn.yougov.com/mzho6zm7ps/Republic_Results_220502_W.pdf Haven't seen polling of younger people but wouldn't be surprised if it was similar or even more republican. At some point endless propaganda hits diminishing returns or even becomes counter-productive. Give the kids a little credit |
Though of course it couldn't hurt to raise the debate and make the republican case more strongly... Good luck getting that past management and conformist staff though!
Young Britons are turning their backs on the monarchy
Eir Nolsoe Data Journalist
May 21, 2021
A greater number of 18-24 year-olds now want an elected head of state rather than a monarchy, with attitudes shifting significantly in recent years
Attitudes among young people to the monarchy have changed substantially since 2019. YouGov data from a number of our 2021 polls on the monarchy so far shows that 41% of 18-24 year olds now say Britain should have an elected head of state, while only 31% would like to see the monarchy continue.
The results, which are likely to be cause for concern for Buckingham Palace, come after a turbulent start to 2021, with Harry and Meghan’s controversial Oprah interview in March and Prince Philip’s passing in April.
Young Britons were still clearly in favour of the monarchy as recently as two years ago. Across our polls in 2019 – the year of Prince Andrew’s catastrophic Newsnight appearance – approaching half of 18-24 year olds (46%) were in favour of the monarchy. Only a quarter (26%) preferred an elected state head.
By 2020, however, the share of 18-24 year olds in favour of the monarchy slipped to 40%, while support for an elected head of state rose to 37% – an increase of 11 points. This was another rocky year for the Royal Family, with the Sussexes announcing their resignation and further allegations that Prince Andrew had misled Emily Maitlis about details relating to his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Older Britons still strongly support the monarchy
While young people’s views of the monarchy as an institution appear to be souring, changes among the population as a whole have been more subtle. Three in five Britons (61%) still support the monarchy, while a quarter (24%) would prefer an elected head of state. This is a small change from 2019, when two thirds (65%) were behind the firm, and a fifth (19%) would rather get rid of it.
Opinions among people aged 25 to 49 have also only shifted very slightly, with half (53%) now in favour of a monarchy – down from 58%. About a quarter (27%) would like to opt for an elected state head, up 4 points.
Older age groups remain firm in their views. Seven in ten 50-64 year olds (70%) still support the monarchy, which is the same as in 2019 (71%). The same goes for those aged 65 and above, with 81% in favour – similar to two years previously (82%).
See the full results for 2019, 2020 and 2021
Latest figures from April/May:
More than 1 in 4 want monarchy abolished, with support at just 60%
More than one in four (27%) Brits now support abolishing the monarchy. Support for retaining the monarchy stands at just 60%, well below the 70-75% previously reported from across the polling industry over the last ten years.
These figures come from a new YouGov poll carried out over the weekend for anti-monarchy group Republic. The results included:
40% of those under 25 want the monarchy abolished. Across all age ranges that figure stands at 27%.
Labour voters are also evenly split, with 44% wanting to keep the monarchy compared with 43% favouring abolition.
Graham Smith, speaking for Republic, said the figures were encouraging.
"When looked at alongside other polls in recent years, it appears support for the monarchy is on a slow puncture."
"Just ten years ago monarchists were consistently boasting that three quarters of the population supported the royals, now support stands at just 60%."
"The Queen is the monarchy, the monarchy is the Queen and it's the Queen who continues to sustain support for the monarchy."
"That's a huge problem for the royals, because at some point in the next few years she will no longer be there to keep the show going."
"As we approach the jubilee it's time the country started to have a serious debate about the monarchy, what it's for, what it represents and what democratic alternatives are on offer."
"I am confident that sooner than most people might expect, a majority of people in this country will want the monarchy gone."
Full table of results is here: https://docs.cdn.yougov.com/mzho6zm7ps/Republic_Results_220502_W.pdf
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,754 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 30th April - 2nd May 2022. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).
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