Meghan Markle ‘eyeing bid for presidency’ says expert
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A majority of those who took part felt the Royal Family is a relic that should remain in the past. After the explosive interview between Oprah Winfrey and Meghan Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, over half of Canadians believe the country should be rid of the monarchy. In the latest online survey, 53 percent of those how took part said the British monarchy no longer has its place in 21st-century Canada.
However, the survey also found that one-third of Canadians would like to preserve the nation’s connection to the British monarchy.
The poll was conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies.
Leger’s executive vice-president Christian Bourque said the Oprah interview had a lot to do with the current negative sentiment towards the Royals.
Mr Bourque said: “I think this probably would not have been true a few weeks ago.”
In the poll, 53 percent of those who took part thought that the suicidal thoughts of the Duchess of Sussex and that a member of the Royal Family had asked how dark her son Archie’s skin might be, were reasons for them to lose sympathy with the monarchy.
The poll also found that 59 percent of those who took part sympathised with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Only 26 percent said their sympathies lay with the Royal Family.
A high number of those who took part, 43 percent, thought the Royal Family had racist views.
Mr Bourque said this finding was damaging to the reputation of the monarchy.
The negative view of the monarchy was highest in Quebec.
In the French-speaking Canadian province, 71 percent of respondents said the monarchy was out of date.
Mr Bourque said: “Even if you exclude the Quebec numbers, you still get about half of Canadians who say basically do we really need the Royal Family in Canada.”
The online poll was conducted by asking questions to 1,512 adult Canadians.
It was carried out between March 12 to 14.
The findings in the poll cannot be explained by a margin of error because internet-based surveys are not considered random samples.
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