Half Favour Keeping the Monarchy After Queen’s Death

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Half Favour Keeping the Monarchy After Queen’s Death

Sharp increase in support since this summer

TORONTO, October 11thIn a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1143 Canadian adults, close to one half oppose the idea of abolishing the Canadian monarchy upon the death of the current Queen (47%). At the same time, just more than one third favour this idea (37%). This is in contrast to just this summer, when slightly more favoured an end to the monarchy (July, 2016 - 43%) than opposed it (40%).

Incidence of favouring an end to the Canadian monarchy is highest among males (44%), the less wealthy ($20K to $40K - 42%), in Quebec, naturally (61%), but not in Atlantic Canada (23%), among New Democrats (47%), Bloquistes especially (84%), Francophones (61%) and the best educated (post grad - 43%).

“It seems the recent visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has had a salutary effect on Canadians’ tolerance for their foreign-born rulers. This is as low a level of agreement with terminating the monarchy in Canada we have polled since we started asking this question 4 years ago. Nonetheless, this is an increasingly urgent constitutional issue. The experts say nothing can be done about our dependence on Great Britain for our Heads of State, but a substantial proportion of Canadians may wish to disagree” said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at lbozinoff@forumresearch.com or at (416) 960-9603.