Prince William triumph: Royal would be chosen over the Queen as head of state in election

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Prince William has come out a winner in a new survey analysing Britain’s possible voting intention if citizens were given the chance to choose whomever they wanted as head of state. The poll, carried out by YouGov for Times Red Box, asked 1,680 people “if you could pick anyone currently living to be Britain’s elected head of state, who would it be?”

While this survey gave the chance to the country to break away from the Royal Family and the monarchy as leaders of the UK, a quarters of the participants indicated they would still choose a royal as head of state.

Of the totality of the people polled, 12 percent named the Duke of Cambridge.

Breaking down those surveyed according to their political views shows the Duke was favoured by 16 percent of Conservative voters and 7 percent of both Labour and Lib-Dem supporters.

Despite the Queen remaining incredibly popular across the country, in this poll she performed worse than not just her grandson but also Britain’s beloved natural historian Sir David Attenborough.

Sir David racked up 9 percent of the total votes and is most appreciated by Labour voters (13 percent), followed by Lib-Dem voters (11 percent) and Conservative supporters (five percent).

The Queen was the third-most popular person named by the totality of people surveyed, gathering seven percent of the total votes.

A total of 11 percent Lib-Dem supporters picked her, followed by 10 percent of the Conservative voters who took part in this survey.

Labour voters were less keen on the Queen, with 5 percent of them picking her name.

In the top 20 responses to this survey, which was carried out between March 9 and 10, there were six royals.

Listed after people who responded “me”, Boris Johnson and Stephen Fry there was Prince Charles, who will become the country’s monarch after Queen Elizabeth II’s reign ends.

The Prince of Wales gathered 3 percent of the total support.

The senior royal was followed by his youngest son, Prince Harry, who was picked by 2 percent of the total voters.

Both Kate and Princess Anne racked up one percent of the total preferences.

Among other notable names included in the top 20 there were Nigel Farage and Jeremy Corbyn.

Both politicians gathered 2 percent of the total preferences, but while Mr Farage received the support of 5 percent of Conservative voters and was not named by Labour or Lib-Dem supporters, Mr Corbyn was picked by nearly one in 10 Labour voters (8 percent) and, in turn, was not chosen by any Tory or Lib-Demo voter.

Prince William’s surging popularity among Britons was found also in another survey carried out by YouGov.

The pollster, which regularly updates its favourability chart of the top 15 members of the Royal Family, found the Duke of Cambridge recently became more popular than the Queen.

Among the 1,480 people interviewed between October and December 2020, 74 percent said to have a positive opinion of the second-in-line to the throne.

Only 11 percent said to view him under a negative light and 14 percent held a neutral view on him.

The Queen, who used to top this popularity chart, tailed back in the second position with 72 percent of positive opinion among the 1,419 people polled.

The monarch was seen negatively by 10 percent of those polled and in a neutral way by 17 percent.

The Queen acceded to the throne in 1952, following her father’s death.

Next year, she will celebrate her 70th year on the throne alongside the country with Britons being given a four-day bank holiday in June 2021 to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

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