Nearly a quarter of people would abolish the monarchy and one in four view the Royal Family more negatively since Queen Elizabeth II’s death, a new Omnisis poll shows.
Ahead of the King’s Coronation on Saturday, 6th May, we asked if the public should consider changes to the monarchy, with 23% of voters saying it should be abolished completely.
Other possible changes included:
- 44% said less direct tax should be spent on the Royal Family
- 37% said the family should be ‘slimmed down’
- 25% said Prince William should rewild parts of his estate to help the environment.
- 19% said they don’t need to change.
The pollsters also asked voters how their view of the Royal Family had changed since the death of the Queen with 25% saying they viewed the Royals more negatively.
62% said the death of the Queen has not changed their view; 17% said their view was more positive while 5% said they didn’t know.
Tuition fees: ditch them or keep them?
This week, the subject of Sir Keir Starmer’s stance on university tuition fees came under the microscope with the Labour leader seemingly flip-flopping on whether or not to scrap them should he become Prime Minister.
More than half (53%) of voters agreed that university fees should be free for all, with only 22% disagreeing and 25% were neither, according to our latest poll.
On the subject of the cost of education, 34% of people agreed that student loans were a fair system compared to 28% who disagreed. 39% neither agreed or disagreed.
We also asked if people agreed or not that student loans should be replaced with a graduate tax. 34% agreed, 18% disagreed and nearly half (47%) were neither.
Voters also weighed in on whether or not some professions should be exempt from student loans. More than half (53%) agreed nurses should be exempt with 23% disagreeing. 44% of people agreed doctors should be exempt against 29% who disagreed.
It was a slightly tighter battle on the education front, however, with 38% agreeing teachers should be exempt against 30% who disagreed.
Meanwhile, our weekly trackers were fully operational this week and showed:
ON VOTER INTENTION
Labour’s lead over the Conservatives increased to 21 points:
- Lab 48% (+3)
- Con 27% (-1)
- LD 7% (-3)
- SNP 4% (NC)
- Ref 6% (NC)
- Green 6% (NC)
ON PRIME MINISTER’S APPROVAL
Barely any movement on the PM’s approval:
- Approve: 34% (NC)
- Disapprove: 39% (+1)
- Neither: 28% (NC)
ON WHO’D MAKE THE BEST PRIME MINISTER
- Sir Keir Starmer: 36% (+1)
- Rishi Sunak: 31% (-2)
- Don’t Know: 33% (+1)
ON BREXIT SENTIMENT
We recorded a RECORD-BREAKER this week, with the highest-ever polling for the UK to re-join the European Union this week at 63%:
- Stay Out: 30% (-1)
- Re-join: 50% (+2)
Excluding don’t knows and will not votes
- Stay Out: 37% (-2)
- Re-join: 63% (+2)
This week’s poll which was conducted on 4th-5th May 2023, questioned 1,355 people and is weighted to a national representative population.
Tables will be posted here: https://www.omnisis.co.uk/poll-results
Image credit: Oxyman / The Royal family via Wikimedia Commons