On the eve of the Platinum Jubilee days, a YouGov poll showed that just 9% of young people believe the monarchy makes the country great, with the NHS and the British countryside being the most popular
With this week’s Platinum Jubilee, millions are gearing up for a celebration of all things British across the country.
But as people look forward to the historic celebrations of the Queen’s 70th jubilee, a new poll has found that a minority of Britons would actually rate the monarchy as the best in the country.
YouGov found the NHS and British country far more popular than the royals, which had just 9% support among young people.
A hit for generations, around 62% of respondents said the NHS was among the best things about Britain, while 61% voted for the rolling hills of Britain’s great outdoors.
Around 37% say British history and shared national pride are among the best things about the country today.
And despite the platinum jubilee shaking up Union Jacks across the country, just 34% say the monarchy and royal family are among Britain’s greatest things.
Respondents were deeply divided across generations, with half of those aged 65 and over (51%) saying Britain is among the best things, but just 9% of 18-24 year olds saying the same.
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Other popular points of recognition were Britain’s free speech culture and its multicultural and diverse society.
Additionally, 22% of the public say Britain’s insularity is one of Britain’s best features.
The proportion of Britons who see the royal family as one of Britain’s greatest assets has fallen by 8% since the Diamond Jubilee ten years ago – from 42% to 34%.
The decline is largely due to a shift in attitudes among the younger demographic – in 2012, 40% of 18-24 year olds said the monarchy was one of the best things about the country. Since then, it’s down a massive 31%.
National pride has also diminished significantly from its standing as an admired quality of modern Britain – in 2012 51% of the public ranked it among the best things about the nation. Now the percentage is only 37%.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/just-9-young-people-say-27107463 Just 9% of young people say the monarchy makes Britain great as NHS poll comes out on top