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Survey: Public support for British monarchy falls to record low

King Charles and the Queen Consort at York Minster. The Windsors tend to receive a bump in popularity at events such as jubilees and royal weddings. (Photo by Daily Telegraph)

A new study revealed that only three out of 10 Britons believe that a monarchy is “very important”, as support towards the monarchy nosedives to a record low.

As the upcoming coronation ceremony of King Charles III approaches, in an eyeopener, a new survey by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) says that 29 percent of those quizzed said the monarchy was "very important", 26 percent said it was "quite important", 20 percent said it was "not very important" and 25 percent said it was "not at all important / abolish".

“British Social Attitudes data shows that public support for the monarchy has fallen to a record low,” the study read.

Conducted for this year’s British Social Attitudes Survey (BSA) and based on over 6,638 interviews, the study shows that people agreeing with a monarchy have dropped to the lowest percentage since the study began in 1983.

In 2022, when the queen’s platinum jubilee took place, 35 percent of responders said the monarchy is "very important", which contributed to the first increase since 2012.

“Whilst we are observing a downward trend in support for the monarchy, it is clear from the data that important national events and celebrations, such as jubilees, marriages and births, have a clear and positive effect on society’s views towards the monarchy,” Guy Goodwin, Chief Executive at the National Centre for Social Research said.

The latest survey is the direct manifestation of how the Britons are not looking up to the newly crowned King Charles as their monarch.

There is also a consistent trend that younger people are less likely than older people to say it is ‘very important’ that Britain has a monarchy.

Previously, the YouGov survey, carried out just over two weeks before Charles and the Queen Consort are set to be crowned, found that 51% of adults questioned believe the ceremony should not be funded by the government.

The anti-monarchy pressure group, Republic, is one of the foremost leading groups which aims to abolish monarchy rule from the islands. During the upcoming coronation ceremony of the king, set to be held on May 6, the Republic group has pledged to hold a massive anti-monarchy protest event where it claims that thousands will show up at Trafalgar Square, along with “Abolish the Monarchy” placards.

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