The marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton has produced excitement about the monarchy not seen in years. It has also produced a slew of new polls of Brits on the institution of the monarchy, which seems to have revived since the war of the Waleses.
• In a new Ipsos/MORI-Reuters poll, 75 percent of Britons favor the monarchy compared to 18 percent who would like to see their country become a republic. These responses have changed little since MORI started asking the question in 1993. In the new poll, Labour voters and London residents are more likely than other groups to prefer a republic.
• Also in the Ipsos/MORI poll, 84 percent say Britain will still have a monarchy in 10 years’ time. Fifty-six percent say that will be the case in 50 years’ time. For both questions, public belief that the monarchy will remain in place has increased in recent years.
• More than seven in ten in a ComRes poll believe the monarchy is good for Britain’s image worldwide.
• The polls provide conflicting evidence about whether Prince Charles or Prince William should become Britain’s next King. Forty-six percent in the new Ipsos/MORI poll say Charles should give up the throne; 47 percent say he should not.
• A third say in a ComRes poll say that the monarchy is a burden on taxpayers. Fifty percent disagree and the rest are unsure.
• As the big days come closer, more people are saying they will watch the ceremony. Around a third in several polls say they couldn’t care less.
• Women are almost twice as likely as men to say that they will watch the royal wedding live. In another poll, seven in ten British women said they wouldn’t want to be Miss Middleton. The top reason: she won’t be able to live a normal life.
• Two in ten women believe Miss Middleton should agree to “love, honor, and obey” in her vows; 36 percent of men do. The bride will not use the word “obey” in her vows.
• Sixty-four percent in the ComRes poll say the wedding will be good for the British economy