Few Brits think Charles will be a better monarch than Elizabeth, exclusive Yahoo News poll reveals

The late Queen, who reigned for 70 years and 214 days before her death in 2022, currently has a popularity rating of 80%

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, with Prince Charles, delivers the Queen's Speech at the official State Opening of Parliament in London, Monday Oct. 14, 2019. (Victoria Jones/Pool via AP)
Queen Elizabeth (pictured with Prince Charles in 2019) continues to have a high popularity rating almost a year after her death. (AP) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Just one in seven Brits think King Charles will be a more successful monarch than Queen Elizabeth, an exclusive poll for Yahoo News reveals.

The late Queen, who reigned for 70 years, enjoyed a popularity rating of around 75% prior to her death last year, according to YouGov

King Charles, in comparison, has a popularity rating of just 55%, while his popularity rating before he became king sat even lower - at around 44%.

Now, an exclusive Savanta poll for Yahoo News shows that nearly half of British people think King Charles will be less successful than his mother - and only 14% believe he will be much more or slightly more successful.

Around 1 in 4 (27%) of respondents said they believe Charles would be equally as successful, while 28% said he would be slightly less successful, 21% said he would be much less successful, and a further 10% said they did not know.

Questions over the future of the monarchy have been raised in the wake of Queen Elizabeth's death, with republicans taking the opportunity to raise their objections to the status held by the Royal Family.

King Charles has been faced with several anti-monarchy protesters at events, with many people arrested for demonstrating following the death of the Queen.

One royal expert commented on Yahoo's 'Future of the Monarchy' panel that the new king must tackle negative perceptions of the family - including historic grievances over his divorce from the late Princess Diana.

"There are still quite a few people who are still not very happy to see Camilla become Queen Camilla, who still have not forgotten the '90s and the war of the Waleses, you know that is still something that a lot of people do care about," said royal commentator Afua Hagan.

FILE - Prince Charles with his wife Princess Diana, 1991. After waiting 74 years to become king, Charles has used his first six months on the throne to meet faith leaders across the country, reshuffle royal residences and stage his first overseas state visit. With the coronation just weeks away, Charles and the Buckingham Palace machine are working at top speed to show the new king at work. (AP Photo, File)
One royal commentator said people still feel badly about the treatment of Princess Diana (pictured with Charles in1991). (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

"The popularity that Queen Elizabeth II had is not going to automatically transfer to King Charles for many reasons - and one of the reasons will be his relationship with Camilla, what happened with Princess Diana,- that still plays out for a lot of people and I think it's a lot more people than perhaps we realise.

"So all these things together make for this dysfunctional family, so he needs to be very worried about how the royal family is eating itself and destroying itself from the inside. If he wants the royal family to remain popular, he's going to have to neutralise some of these things."

And the coronation has further divided public opinion, with the bill for the event expected to top £100 million, and recent polling from YouGov showing that 52% of Brits are not interested in the coronation, with just 15% saying they are very interested in the event.

"When only 15% are enthusiastic about the coronation and - according to other polls - more than 30% want the monarchy abolished, it's hard to claim this is a national celebration. Or that we're a nation of royalists," explained Graham Smith from campaign group Republic, which will be out in force protesting the coronation.

Protesters hold placards with the message
King Charles has been met with republican protesters at several events he has attended as people ask questions about the future of the monarchy. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

"Of course, it's easy to be fairly interested even if you're also fairly indifferent to the monarchy. It's a big event that's being endlessly promoted with few critical voices being heard on TV and radio. But that's a far cry from the national enthusiasm and celebration being projected by some in the media."

"The picture is clear: we are not a nation gearing up to celebrate the coronation - and that's a good thing. Most of us aren't that interested, and most of us think the royals should pay. A growing number of us want the monarchy abolished."