How popular are the Royal Family really? A new (awkward) poll has revealed all

Long live the King? Possibly not. A new poll asking how popular and relevant the Royal Family are in 2023 has revealed some rather eye-opening results, with the younger generation seemingly either anti-monarchy, or uninterested in King Charles III and co.

However, it seems the results vary massively depending on age group, with only 32% of 18 to 24-year-olds saying they thought the monarchy should continue, contrasting to 78% of over-65s who were in support of the royals. Of the younger group polled, 59% also added that they felt the King was 'out of touch' with the experiences of the general public.

The monarchy's popularity did rise a smidgen with those in the 25 to 49 age bracket, with 48% of this group saying they would like the monarchy to continue, but 50% still said they felt the King is 'out of touch' with the struggles faced by non-royal families.

Plenty were on the fence too, with 26% of 18 to 24-year-olds saying they didn't know if they supported the monarchy or not, and 26% of the same group added they were unsure as to whether or not the King understands the plight of your average Britain.

the royal family stood on the balcony of buckingham palace
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When combining the responses of all the age groups, the Royal Family did still come out on top (just), with 58% overall saying they support keeping the monarchy, whereas 26% feel there should be an elected head of state instead and 16% didn't know how they felt.

However, when combing all age group responses, the King didn't fare well on the question regarding whether or not he could relate to the public, with 45% saying he was out of touch, 36% saying he was in touch and 19% responding that they didn't know.

The poll was carried out by BBC Panorama with YouGov, on 4,592 adults.

Other challenges that the royals need to tackle in order for their survival were also highlighted, as 78% of the 18 to 24-year-old group polled declaring they were "not interested" in the Royal Family, and 40% of the same age bracket viewing them as poor value for money.

As for how much the coronation will be costing the public, that figure won't be revealed by the UK Government until after the event (the coronation will not be paid for by the royals as it is a state event).

Over the years, the royals have had to work hard to win the public back over, having been consistently been marred by various scandals – from King Charles III's affair with Camilla, the Queen Consort, to Prince Andrew's friendship with Jeffrey Epstein and Prince Harry's exit – and have always fallen in and out of favour. But could it all be different this time? It seems that if the family want to ensure their legacy continues long-term, they must work hard on converting not just those who are anti-monarchy, but those who are indifferent – something that could perhaps prove to be an even bigger challenge.

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