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Poll finds Prince Charles' popularity unchanged by visit

Published: 10:49AM Wednesday December 19, 2012 Source: ONE News

Popular support for Prince Charles to be New Zealand's next head of state has not been affected by his recent visit, according to a new poll.

The survey, by Curia Market Research and commissioned by the Republican Movement of Aotearoa New Zealand, questioned more than 1000 voting age Kiwis after the Prince of Wales' November visit.

It asked what respondents would prefer when Queen Elizabeth's reign ends - for Prince Charles to become King of New Zealand, or for a New Zealander to become head of state.

The results show 51% wanted Prince Charles to be King, while 41% supported New Zealand becoming a republic. Seven percent were not sure.

The poll had a margin of error of 3.2%

"The majority of 18 - 30 year olds support a New Zealander as our head of State, as do Maori and Asian New Zealanders. The race is narrowing with a very steady decrease in undecided voters," Chair of the Republican Movement, Lewis Holden, said.

In an earlier poll in March/April Prince Charles polled the same percentage of votes, but the vote for a republic was slightly lower at 36%. Eleven percent said they did not know.

Prince Charles and Camilla's November visit cost taxpayers $766,000, not including costs incurred by individual councils.

In a ONE News Colmar Brunton poll ahead of the visit, 70% said they wanted the Queen as head of state. Only 19% of the 1000 polled supported New Zealand becoming a republic, while 7% were unsure.

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