An opinion poll carried out by Novus Opinion and published on the King of Sweden’s 64th birthday yesterday shows that support for the Swedish monarchy has fallen significantly during the last decade. Today 58 % want to keep the monarchy, while 28 % favour a republic. Compared to the results from 2000 (85 % monarchists, 12 % republicans) and 2005 (80 % monarchists, 18 % republicans) this shows a clear tendence.
Interestingly the poll also shows that 44 % think the head of state should be chosen through democratic elections while 39 % think the position should be hereditary. 36 % think a monarchy is reconcilable with democracy; 48 % think it is not. The poll was conducted between 15 and 20 April by asking 1,000 individuals over the age of 16.
To a great extent this poll confirms the results of the SOM institute’s poll published ten days ago, which showed 56 % in favour of a monarchy and 22 % supporting a republic.