New Ipsos research, conducted on 24-25 March, shows almost half of Britons believe Prince Charles will do a good job as King once he ascends the throne, while 19% expect him to do a bad job. This comes as he sees an increase in those who view him favourably since 2018, 43% now have a favourable opinion of him, up 11 percentage points in the last four years.
Faith in his ability is strongest amongst his own age group, 59% of 55-75-year olds say he will do a good job, falling to 38% of 16-34s. Those who voted for the Conservative party in 2019 are also more likely to be hopeful for his reign, 66% say he will be a good King, compared with 42% of Labour voters.
Despite a plurality expecting him to do a good job and increasing favourability, there is still support for Prince Charles to stand aside to allow Prince William to become the next monarch. Four in 10 (42%) say the Prince of Wales should stand aside while a quarter (24%) say he should not. Three in 10 (29%) have no strong feelings either way.
Looking at the British Monarchy as a whole, more than 4 in 10 believe it would be worse for Britain if the Monarchy was abolished (44%), twice as many as the 22% who think it would be better. A quarter believe it would make no difference.