(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – A recent trip by Queen Elizabeth II to Canada has slightly improved the monarchy’s standing in the country, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 36 per cent of respondents want Canada to remain a monarchy, up three points since May 2010.

Last November, the proportion of Canadians wanting their country to stay on as a monarchy stood at 27 per cent.

Additionally, 30 per cent of respondents would like Canada to have an elected head of state, and 21 per cent are indifferent to this question.

Under the terms of the Canadian Constitution, Queen Elizabeth II holds the position of Canada’s head of state. The Queen—who has been the monarch of 16 independent nations since February 1952—turned 84 in April.

Prince Charles is first in line to succeed Queen Elizabeth II, followed by his two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. In April 2005, Charles married long-time companion Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony. Parker Bowles became the Duchess of Cornwall after the marriage, and has declared she would take the title of Princess Consort in the event Prince Charles becomes King.

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, visited Canada from Jun. 28 to Jul. 6—a period that included the Canada Day celebration on Jul. 1.

On Jul. 3, Queen Elizabeth II unveiled the cornerstone at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and discussed the importance of the Magna Carta, saying, “That document was itself a cornerstone of democratic rights and gave rise to the rule of constitutional law that now flourishes across the English-speaking world. (…) The symbolism of Magna Carta is now joined to the historical importance of the site where aboriginal peoples have gathered for thousands of years to exchange views and resolve conflicts.”

Polling Data

Thinking about Canada’s constitution, which of these options would you prefer?

  Jun. 2010


May 2010


Nov. 2009


Oct. 2009


Canada remaining a monarchy










Canada having an elected head of state










It makes no difference to me










Not sure











Source: Angus Reid Public Opinion
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,022 Canadian adults, conducted on Jul. 7 and Jul. 8, 2010. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.


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