Published On: Wed, Dec 4th, 2019

Queen most popular royal: Monarch given huge boost in major US poll | Royal | News

Queen Elizabeth II, who ascended the throne after the death of her father King George VI in 1952, has received a huge boost from the American public. American adults threw their support behind the Queen, ranking her the most favourable of the entire British monarchy, according to a YouGov poll commissioned by the Economist. The late Princess Diana and her sons Prince William and Prince Harry also received significant backing.

The poll, of 1,500 American adults, asked “do you have a favourable or an unfavourable opinion of the following people”, and proceeded to list senior members of the Royal Family.

Respondents could answer “very favourable”, “somewhat favourable”, “somewhat unfavourable”, “very unfavourable” and “don’t know”.

The Queen came out on top in the poll, with 69 percent choosing either “very favourable” or “somewhat favourable”.

Just 12 percent said she was “somewhat unfavourable” or “very unfavourable”.

Princess Diane, Prince William and Prince Harry came in joint second, with 63 percent.

Sister-in-laws Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton trailed their husbands, on 58 percent and 61 percent respectively.

Meghan was deemed more unpopular than Kate, as the pair received 20 percent and 11 percent respectively for combined unfavourability scores.

Older members of the Royal Family received mid-level popularity, with Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, on 47 percent favourability.

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Given the recent public backlash following Prince Andrew’s BBC interview on his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the Duke was the most unpopular royal, according to the survey.

Just 28 percent viewed Prince Andrew to be either “very favourable” or “somewhat favourable”.

Thirty-six percent said the Duke was “somewhat unfavourable” or “very unfavourable”.

The survey also asked if the American adults had heard much in the news since the Duke’s Newsnight interview.

People were asked: “How much have you heard in the news recently about a BBC interview where Prince Andrew denied having sex with an alleged teenage victim of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking?”

Over two thirds (68 percent) said they had heard something, with 44 percent responding they had heard “a little”, while 24 percent said they had heard “a lot” of news relating to the matter.

Just under a third (32 percent) said they had heard “nothing at all”.

Pollsters carried out the survey from November 24-26.

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