More than half of Canadians think the British monarchy no longer has a place in the 21st century, according to a recent poll conducted after Oprah Winfrey’s bombshell interview in which Meghan Markle alleged the Royals were racist.
The online Leger survey of 1,512 adult Canadians was carried out March 12 to 14 in collaboration with the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and published in the Canadian Press. It cannot be assigned a margin of error because internet-based surveys are not considered random samples.
One of the questions asked was, if Canada wanted to open a discussion about our constitutional monarchy and system of government, which of the following systems of government would you most likely favour? Respondents were also asked if the British monarch is a positive or negative symbol for Canada.
The poll found that 53% of Canadians think that the British monarchy is out of date and no longer has a place in the 21st century, while 33% think it is part of our history and should be preserved.
When asked if the recent events involving Harry and Meghan speak about a fundamental problem with the institution, 52% agreed while 35% disagreed and 13% weren’t aware of what was going on.
However Canadians were split on whether the British monarchy is a positive or negative symbol for Canada. While 48% thought it was a positive symbol, 52% felt it had a negative impact. Furthermore 59% of Canadians sympathize more with Harry and Meghan when compared to the 26% of respondents who sympathize more with the Royal Family.
With regards to Meghan’s disturbing allegations of racism, 43% of Canadians felt that the Royal Family holds racist views, while 31% said they didn’t know and 26% said they were not racist.