New figures reveal that despite the monarchy’s recent boost in popularity, discontent is simmering among younger people
The national outpouring of grief over the loss of Queen Elizabeth II appears to show a nation united behind the institution of the monarchy. It is certainly true that the late queen was incredibly popular – the last poll before her death found 81% of people held her in positive regard, a rate that had remained consistent for more than a decade.
But Her Majesty’s personal reputation outstripped that of the institution she led. YouGov polling shows that 68% have a positive opinion of the monarchy at present. In contrast to his mother, King Charles III’s reputation simply matches that of the crown, with 70% viewing him positively. That figure jumped up overnight on his ascension to the throne, with his favourability ratings more typically fluctuating between 50% and 60% over the past 11 years.