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Montgomeryshire loves the Royals

Created on 30/11/2019 @ 08:24
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The Royal Family is more popular in Montgomeryshire than any other part of Wales, according to a survey.

Despite the scandal surrounding HRH Prince Andrew, a healthy 61% of Montgomeryshire residents questioned say they are a “strong supporter of the continued reign of the Royal Family”.

Based on data from a poll by Focaldata, which questioned more than 20,000 people across the UK, the survey shows the west of Wales, the valleys and parts of Cardiff, Newport and Swansea are some of the least royalist areas in the whole country.

Commissioned by UnHerd, the results show support for the Royal Family dipping under 50% in constituencies including Ceredigion, Neath, Pontypridd, Swansea West and the Rhondda.

When the results are mapped, the divide between the urban areas and the rest of the country is clear. The overall results demonstrate that the monarchy continues to enjoy a healthy degree of support among the electorate in the UK.

However, this is less clear cut in Wales where, overall, only 48% agree with the statement that they supported the Royal Family, 25% disagreed and 28% not sure, there is a stark difference within Wales.

Among the Welsh constituencies, the least-royalist is Swansea East, where just four in 10 people give their approval to the monarchy.

In Cardiff, 41% in Cardiff Central back the royals compared to 52% in Cardiff North.

Across the UK, Liverpool Riverside was the least supportive constituency with support at just 32%. Old Blexley and Sidcup in London was the most supportive with 68% agreeing that they were “strong supporters” of the royals.

The poll results were published a day after Prince Andrew announced he would “step back from public duties for the foreseeable future ”. 

He had been under pressure following his interview with the BBC about his friendship with the convicted child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The Focaldata poll questioned 21,119 people between January 15 and November 4.

PICTURE: The darker the shade, the more popular the Royals are in that area

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