Toronto (Canada), ap. 21 (EFE) .- The majority of Canadians want Canada to end its monarchy, with 51% of those polled in favor of abandoning the current political system, according to a poll released this Thursday. 26% want to have it.
The results of a survey conducted by the Angus Reid Institute, one of the nation’s leading poll firms, present a bitter birthday present to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, who turned 96 this Thursday.
Queen Elizabeth is nominally the head of state of Canada, although her duties include the country’s governor-general, Mary Simon, who currently acts as representative of the British monarch.
According to the Angus Reid poll, 1,607 Canadians were interviewed between April 5 and 7 and have a margin of error of 2.5%, with only 26% of Canadians wanting to maintain a constitutional monarchy in the future. 24% responded that they were not sure about their position.
In addition, 50% said the British royal family did not have an appropriate role in Canada, and only 2% said it was more appropriate than before.
The survey also confirmed that the inhabitants of Quebec, a French-speaking province that was originally a French colony, were strongly opposed to the constitutional monarchy. 71% were against the current system and only 11% were in favor of the monarchy.
With regard to members of the British royal family, 63% of those surveyed said they had a favorable opinion of Queen Elizabeth and 60% of Prince William. But other members of the royal family failed, and Prince Andrew received the worst recognition, only 13%.
In this sense, most of those surveyed expressed their opposition to recognizing Prince Charles and his wife Camila, Duchess of Cornwall, as kings of Canada at the death of Queen Elizabeth. EFE
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