Only a third of Canadians believe the country should remain a constitutional monarchy and less than a quarter want to see King Charles III in their currency, a new survey suggests.
After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Polara Strategic Insight Survey People on their feelings for the Crown.
“There is still a public fascination with the monarchy, but the emotional connect appears to be frightening,” Polara’s chief strategy officer Dan Arnold said on Tuesday.
The firm found that 35 percent want Canada to remain a constitutional monarchy with the king as head of state.
But 44 per cent oppose it, while 21 per cent respondents were not convinced.
“It is not a majority and there is no consensus,” the pollster insisted.
However, that path may change, as 54 percent of respondents aged 18 to 34 said Canada should not remain a constitutional monarchy.
Just 22 percent in that age group said it should.
Among those aged 35 to 54, it was 46 percent in favor of change, with 32 percent adopting the status quo.
Nearly half of those aged 55 and over – 47 per cent – support keeping the king as head of state, while 35 per cent oppose.
Views were far more clear about who should appear on the Canadian currency.
Only 24 percent of those who voted want to see the face of King Charles III on their coins and bills, while 56 percent oppose it and 20 percent are unsure.
“On the money question, it’s a clear majority,” Arnold said.
Polara surveyed 1,325 people across the country from last Friday to Tuesday using an online panel.
This is an opt-in poll, but for comparison purposes, a random sample of this size would have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
Arnold’s views are “mixed” about the new king, with an overall +4 percent rating for 37 percent a favorable opinion, 33 percent unfavourable and 26 percent no opinion.
In comparison, the king’s son and heir, Prince William, has a rating of +45 percent (58 percent favorable and 13 percent unfavourable, with 25 percent holding no opinion).
Similarly, William’s wife Kate Middleton has a +47 percent rating (58 percent favorable and 11 percent unfavourable and 26 percent unfavourable).
Prince Harry, the king’s younger son, has a +25 percent rating (48 percent favorable and 23 percent unfavourable, 25 percent no opinion).
But Harry’s wife Meghan Markle has a rating of +7 percent (38 percent favorable and 31 percent unfavourable and 25 percent no opinion).
Only Camilla Parker Bowles, the King’s wife, now known as the Queen Consort, had a negative overall rating of -15 percent (22 percent favorable and 37 percent unfavourable, with 27 percent no opinion).
Arnold said, “This may have been due to the media coverage of (the King’s first wife) Princess Diana’s death (in 1997), when Camilla was largely portrayed as a villain, where she was seen as the ‘other woman’. ‘ was seen as.”
The names of all the royal family members mentioned in the survey are important identities.
Only four percent of those polled were not familiar with the King, Prince William or Prince Harry. Six percent were unfamiliar with Middleton and Markle while 14 percent were not familiar with the Queen’s Consort.
“Any politician in Canada would love to be identified with a name like that,” Arnold said.
“People have seen (the popular Netflix series) ‘The Crown’ and are following media coverage of the Queen, so there’s a public fascination.”