Wednesday, April 27, 2011
As England prepares to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, most Americans think the British royal family is a good thing for its country.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Adults shows that just 22% of Adults believe England should abolish its monarchy. Fifty-one percent (51%) disagree and say the royal family is still an important symbol for Great Britain. Another 27% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Men feel more strongly than women that Britain should abolish the monarchy. Adults under 30 years of age favor getting rid of the monarchy more than their elders.
Though Queen Elizabeth II is still the head of state, she and the royal family take little direct part in government decisions. In modern times, the prime minister and the House of Commons hold the most legislative power.
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 24-25, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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