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Around 4-in-10 Canadians favour abolishing monarchy: Forum poll

Last Updated May 18, 2015 at 1:37 pm EST

Queen Elizabeth arrives at Kensington Palace to visit her new great-grandson who was born to Prince William and Kate on Monday in London.THE CANADIAN PRESS/REX FEATURES
Summary

Just fewer than 4-in-10 favour abolishing the monarchy in Canada upon the death of the Queen (39%).


More than half of Canadian adults don’t want to see Prince Charles become Head of State of Canada.


Equal proportions of voters agree (44%) and disagree (45%) all citizens should swear the Oath to the Queen.


As Canadians mark Victoria Day and the unofficial start of summer a new poll shows that many believe the monarchy the holiday celebrates should be abolished in Canada.

Forum Research polled 1286 Canadian voters and the random sampling showed 39 per cent favour abolishing the monarchy upon the Queen’s death.

Forty-five per cent are opposed, while about one sixth didn’t share an opinion. For the full poll results click here.

Young males and the wealthy were most in favour of cutting ties with the monarchy.

Even more telling, is the more than half (54 per cent) who don’t want Prince Charles to become Head of State of Canada upon his mother’s death.

“These measures appear to be static across two years, but you must remember that we polled immediately after a royal birth each time. It is clear there are a substantial number of people who, while they support the monarchy in Canada, don’t necessarily support the Heir Apparent,” said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

When it comes to swearing the Oath to the Queen – opinion is almost evenly split.

Forty-four percent agree, while 45 per cent disagree that all citizens should swear the Oath.

And around three-quarters (73 per cent) believe the Head of State of Canada should be Canadian born and live in the country.

Results based on the total sample are considered accurate +/- 3%,19 times out of 20.