The Monarchy Doesn't Need Any Changes, Say the Young

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The Monarchy Doesn't Need Any Changes, Say the Young


YOUNG people voiced strong support for the monarchy in an opinion poll published yesterday.

The monarchy doesn't need any changes, say the young YOUNG people voiced strong support for the monarchy in an opinion poll published yesterday.

The monarchy doesn't need any changes, say the young Nearly six out of ten 15 to 24-year-olds said there is no need for reform, and only 14 per cent of those questioned want to see it abolished.

Overall, the survey by NOP found that a majority of people believe the monarchy should continue unaltered to serve the country as it does now.

Figures in the poll, commissioned by the Independent newspaper, revealed that 54 per cent want to see the monarchy left alone, 30 per cent want radical reform and only 12 per cent want to see it ended.

The survey found that support for the royals is stronger among the working classes than those higher on the social scale.

Among manual workers, six out of ten say the monarchy should continue as it is now, with only one in ten in favour of abolition and 23 per cent in favour of radical reform.

Backing for the royals was highest in East Anglia, with support running at 65 per cent. It was lowest in Scotland, where 48 per cent favour the status quo and 21 per cent want abolition.

However, the most striking finding of the survey was the support for the monarchy among the young.

In the 15 to 24 age group - regularly said to find royalty irrelevant - 58 per cent said the monarchy should continue-as now, only 20 per cent called for radical reform, 14 per cent supported abolition and eight per cent 'didn't know'. …

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