The recent visit to New Zealand by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has ignited the debate about whether New Zealand should become a republic or remain governed by the Monarch. During the tour, many opinions were put forth including one by Prime Minister John Key who stated that while New Zealand becoming a republic is probably inevitable, the time frame may be "considerably further out" because of the impact of the ‘Royal Tour’.
Given this, Research New Zealand was interested in determining what, if any, impact the ‘Royal Tour’ had on the general public’s views of New Zealand becoming a republic. As such, a question about this topic was included in our April 2014 monthly omnibus survey. The baseline measure to help evaluate current opinion was established earlier in August 2011, and a further measure was taken in February 2014 just before the visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The following question was asked:
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, together with their son Prince George, have just visited New Zealand. The Prime Minister, John Key, was quoted saying they captivated the nation and as a result, the likelihood of New Zealand becoming a republic, while inevitable, may be "further out".
- On a scale of 0-10, where 0 is strongly disagree and 10 is strongly agree, how much do you agree or disagree that New Zealand should become a republic?
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