The British Monarchy in Canada

September 13, 2023

It has now been one year since Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s passing, and Canadians have now had time to reassess their views on the role of the British monarchy in Canada. From September 8 to 10, 2023, we surveyed Canadians to better understand their perceptions of the monarchy and its place in Canada.

SOME OF THE KEY HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR SURVEY ABOUT THE MONARCHY IN CANADA INCLUDE…

ATTACHMENT TO THE MONARCHY IS LOW

  • 63% of Canadians believe it’s time to reconsider Canada’s ties to the monarchy now that Charles III is king. This is an increase of seven points compared to March 2023 (56%).
  • Only 14% of Canadians feel attached to the monarchy, and this number has not changed significantly since the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. About 36% of Canadians have the same level of interest in the monarchy as before, while 37% have no interest at all.
  • Half of Canadians (51%) believe that the monarchy in Canada is outdated and does not have a place in the 21st century. On the other hand, 33% believe that it is an important part of our history, and we should preserve this heritage.
  • 52% of Canadians think that the British monarchy remains a positive symbol for Canada, while nearly the same proportion (48%) think that is has become a negative symbol for Canada.

Download the report to find out more.

SURVEY METHODOLOGY

  • 1,526 Canadian residents aged 18 or older were surveyed online using Leger’s LEO online panel from September 8 to 10, 2023.
  • Using data from the 2021 Census, the results were weighted according to age, gender, mother tongue, region, education, and presence of children in the household in order to ensure a representative sample of the Canadian population.
  • A margin of error should not be associated with a non-probability sample. However, for comparison purposes, a probability sample of 1,526 respondents would have a margin of error of ± 2.5%, 19 times out of 20.

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