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Most young people want to ditch the monarchy, survey shows

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Most young people want to ditch the monarchy, survey shows


According to a survey released on Friday, young people in the United Kingdom no longer believe the monarchy should be preserved, and instead want an elected head of state, a shift that has occurred over the past few years.

According to a YouGov poll, at least 41% of individuals aged 18 to 24 supported an elected head of state, compared to 31% who chose a monarch or queen.

This was a shift from two years earlier, when 46 percent supported the monarchy versus 26 percent who wanted it to be removed.

According to the statistics, recent scandals have weakened support for the British monarchy among the young, notably Prince Andrew’s connection with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, which resulted in his removal from royal duties 2019.

Across all ages, Queen Elizabeth, 95, and the royal family fared well in the poll, with 61 percent supporting the monarchy and just under a quarter believing it should be replaced with an elected figure.

The YouGov poll of 4,870 people between the ages of 15 and 49 also showed that at least 53% backed the monarchy. This is a five-point decrease from a comparable poll conducted in 2019.


The repercussions from the so-called Megxit in 2020, as well as the shocking Oprah interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex earlier this year, are likely to have influenced public perception.

Previous surveys have shown an age difference, with younger generations having more positive emotions about Harry and Meghan than their older counterparts, who had overwhelming unfavorable feelings about them.

According to YouGov, at least 81% of those aged 65 and above support the monarchy, which is almost unchanged from two years earlier.

It comes as the Queen prepares to mark her Platinum Jubilee in 2022, marking her 70th year as the country’s leader.

While the monarchy cannot be abolished while the queen is still on the throne, the royals are concerned about a decline in popularity among younger Britons.

According to the Press Association, support for an elected head of state has risen from 26% in 2019 to 37% in 2020. And now it’s up to 41% in 2021, representing a 15% increase.

Those aged 25 to 49 show a small decrease in support for monarchy, from 58 percent to 53 percent, while 27 percent prefer an elected head of state, a 4 percent increase.

The Queen has ruled for 69 years and will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee next year. The Press Association dubbed her a “symbol of stability for the nation.”

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