Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Poll finds Canadians prefer William over Charles

Canadians overwhelmingly prefer Prince William to his father, Prince Charles, as the next King of Canada, according to a new Huffington Post Canada poll released on the eve of William’s visit here with Kate.

But the poll also found the royal couple’s April wedding — a global spectacle viewed by more than 12 million Canadians — has done nothing to boost public support for the monarchy in Canada. 

You can read the rest of the article on The Huffington Post Canada website.

From a political perspective, it is interesting how little Conservatives, Liberals, and New Democrats differ on the issue of the monarchy. In fact, I was very surprised that more New Democrats did not oppose the institution. On the other hand, it was not so surprising that Bloc voters and Quebecers in general are more opposed but that is hardly enough to get the ball rolling on any change.

And if the Winnipeg Jets put up the portrait of the Queen in the MTS Centre, well I think the monarchy will be around for awhile.

An administrative note, you'll see at the very bottom of this page that I have put up a tracking chart of provincial polls for the five provinces slated to have elections in the fall. The chart only goes back to November 2010 when I began keeping an 'official' record of polls, but I will keep adding to it and updating the chart as time goes on. I intend to keep track of all of the elections scheduled to take place within the next 12 months in this way.