- New survey on the British Royals
- The values are at a historic low
- Why are they so unpopular?
The British people no longer seem very satisfied with their royals, as a new survey shows. In terms of popularity, Charles, Camilla, William and Co. are at an all-time low. This bitter blow comes just a few days before the historic coronation ceremony.
British Royals: Unhappy with their monarchy
According to the survey by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), a full 45 percent of respondents find the monarchy unimportant or even think it should be abolished. Only 29 percent still see the monarchy as important.
By contrast, the figure in a similar survey last year was 38 percent. Since the institute began recording data in 1983, the figures have been historically weak. But what could be the reason for the royal family's unpopularity?
Guy Goodwin of NetCen explains it this way, according to 'euronews': "While we observe a downward trend in support for the monarchy, it is clear from the data that important national events and celebrations such as anniversaries, weddings and births have a clear and positive impact on society's attitudes toward the monarchy."
That's where the coronation of King Charles lll would come into play. The biggest royal event this year is in just a couple of days. However, the British don't seem to be impressed by the event this time around.
Younger people in particular could well do without the monarchy. Only twelve percent of 18- to 34-year-olds see the monarchy as "very important," compared with 42 percent of those aged 55 and over.
Goodwin sees the onus here on the Royals: "The challenge for the future will be for the monarchy to maintain its relevance and appeal to the younger generation in order to maintain that support."
Will Charles manage as King to drive the popularity back up?