N.Z. monarchy support soars after wedding: poll

4th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Support for the monarchy has surged in New Zealand following Britain's royal wedding, a poll published on Wednesday showed.

The poll of 750 New Zealanders by UMR Research found 74 percent of respondents approved of the royal family, compared to 60 percent in July 2002, when the question was last asked.

It showed support for a republic had slipped to 24 percent from the 32 percent recorded in 2005, with 58 percent opposed to cutting ties with the British monarchy and 18 percent unsure.

The poll, conducted this week, also found 52 percent of New Zealanders did not expect the country to become a republic in the next 20 years, up from 29 percent in 2005.

More than 50 percent said they followed last Friday's wedding of Prince William and his bride Kate closely, with interest strongest among women and the over-60s.

New Zealand, a former British colony, still recognises Queen Elizabeth II as the country's head of state.

© 2011 AFP

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