Posted: Wednesday, May 3, 2023. 6:25 am CST.
By Breaking Belize News Staff: A recent poll conducted by Lord Ashcroft has revealed that Belize would vote to maintain the monarchy in a hypothetical referendum held tomorrow. However, the survey also found that six other countries, including three in the Caribbean, would vote to become republics.
The poll found that 48% of Belizeans would vote to keep the monarchy, while 43% would opt for a republic. Of those who favored the monarchy, 71% believed it was beneficial for the country. In contrast, 95% of pro-republic voters felt that becoming a republic would have practical benefits for Belize. Interestingly, 74% of pro-republic voters felt that the monarchy should never have been part of Belize’s governance, while 24% believed it was beneficial in the past but is now irrelevant.
While 61% of Belizeans agreed that there are more pressing issues to address, two-thirds (66%) concurred that the monarchy, although a strange system, works. Moreover, 60% felt that the royal family should scale down and modernize in order to survive.
The survey also highlighted Belizeans’ feelings towards the UK, with 58% saying the monarchy made them feel warmer towards the country, and 70% expressing a desire to remain part of the Commonwealth if Belize were to become a republic.
The poll, conducted in February and March 2023, included 510 adults from Belize and 22,701 adults from the 15 countries where King Charles is head of state. The full report, “Uncharted Realms: The Future of the Monarchy in the UK and Around the World,” is available for free at LordAshcroftPolls.com.
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