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June 28, 2011

OTTAWA — Canadians overwhelmingly prefer Prince William to his father, Prince Charles, as the next King of Canada, according to a new Huffington Post Canada poll released on the eve of William’s visit here with Kate.

But the poll also found the royal couple’s April wedding — a global spectacle viewed by more than 12 million Canadians — has done nothing to boost public support for the monarchy in Canada.

William, who turned 29 last week, is favoured to succeed Queen Elizabeth II over his father, the rightful heir, by a margin of more than 2-to-1, found the Abacus Data poll conducted for The Huffington Post Canada. That’s despite the fact William can only become King if his father dies or abdicates the throne.

Of 1,005 Canadians surveyed, 56 per cent said they would prefer William to succeed the Queen, compared to just 26 per cent who supported Charles as King. The remaining 18 per cent had no opinion.

WOMEN FAVOUR WILLIAM

Women were more likely than men to favour William over Charles as King: 61 per cent of females chose William compared to 54 per cent of men.

“Women paid far more attention to the wedding than men,” said David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data, “so William comes to mind more than Charles at the moment.”

Prince Charles’ turbulent history with William’s late mother, Diana, and his relationship with second wife Camilla, may have also dragged on female support for the Prince of Wales, Coletto said.

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