Exclusive poll reveals what Brits think of Kate, William and George

Polling shows the princess is far more popular with some segments of the population than others

London, UK. 12 September 2023. The Princess of Wales, Patron of The Forward Trust, pictured during a visit to HMP High Down in Surrey. The Forward Trust charity helps those in the criminal justice system to manage and recover from addiction. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/Empics/Alamy Live News
The Princess of Wales is doing a good job, according to 71% of the population. (Empics/Alamy Live News)

A year on from taking up her new royal title, exclusive polling for Yahoo News shows the Princess of Wales has firmly cemented herself as one of the most popular members of the Royal Family.

The poll by Savanta has looked at what Brits think about the Waleses - specifically Kate's popularity in her new role; Prince William's campaign to end homelessness; and George growing up.

The Prince of Wales is currently in New York to promote his Earthshot Prize, which aims to celebrate and scale-up solutions to “repair” the planet.

And while the Yahoo News survey's results show the vast majority of people (71%) think Kate is doing a good job in the role – compared with just 12% who feel she is doing a bad job – her popularity is less fixed among younger respondents.

Our results come shortly after a YouGov poll showed 26% of Brits think the UK should have an elected head of state – the highest since at least 2011.

While 80% of the over-65s said that Britain should continue to have a monarchy, this falls with each age group to just 37% of 18-24 year olds and highlights the challenge facing the Royal Family of staying relevant with all sections of society.

How good a job is Kate doing?

London, UK. 17th June, 2023. Queen Elizabeth II died one year ago, after being Queen for 70 years, making her oldest son Charles the third King Charles, together with his wife Queen Camilla. Prince William of Wales and Catherine (Kate Middleton) Princess of Wales are third in line of succession to the British throne. (Photo by DPPA/Sipa USA) Credit: Sipa US/Alamy Live News
The Princess of Wales is far more popular with older members of the public than those aged 18-24, according to recent polling. (Sipa US/Alamy Live News)

Polling for Yahoo News from Savanta shows that, overall, 71% of people think the Princess of Wales is doing a good job, while 12% believe she is doing a bad job.

Of the 71% who rated her performance positively, 41% felt she was doing a very good job, and 31% said she was doing a 'somewhat good' job.

But older people tend to see Kate more favourably than younger people, with 82% of over-65s saying Kate was doing a good compared with just 49% of 18-24 year olds – with whom the monarchy as a whole is less popular.

Graham Smith, from anti-monarchy campaign group Republic, told Yahoo News: "This doesn’t surprise me. The idea Kate was going to help save the monarchy was always fanciful.

"Younger people are increasingly disinterested in the royals, seeing them as a symptom of a society that is unequal and which favours the rich and powerful. Kate is just more of the same and only attracts the interest of people already keen on the monarchy."

Meanwhile, regionally, people in London were the least likely to think the Princess of Wales was doing a good job (62%), while those in the North East were more most likely to view her performance favourably (83%).

Should William open up palaces to homeless people?

Photo by: KGC-178/STAR MAX/IPx 2023 9/8/23 Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales attend a service to commemorate the life of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at St Davids Cathedral on September 8, 2023 in St Davids, Wales. Queen Elizabeth II passed away at her Balmoral Castle, her private Scottish residence, on September 8th 2022. This brought to an end her 70-year reign, the longest of a British monarch.
Prince William (pictured with Catherine, Princess of Wales) has launched a new charity initiative that aims to eradicate homelessness. (AP)

Savanta's poll also asked respondents whether Prince William should make the royal palaces available to homeless people – with the majority believing he should open up the buildings.

In June, the Prince of Wales announced his project Homewards would aim to show it is possible to eradicate homelessness. The project, part of William's extensive charity work, will work in six towns and attempt to find local solutions to the issue of housing.

Polling shows 52% of people would back William opening up royal palaces to those experiencing homelessness, with 22% opposing the move. Of those who backed it, 26% said they were strongly in favour.

The idea was most popular with people in the 24-35 age bracket, with 65% saying they thought it was a good plan.

There was a marked age difference in those who "strongly opposed" such an idea, with only 7% of 18-24-year-olds very much against the notion, compared to 44% of 55-64-year-olds.

Where should George go to school?

Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 16, 2023 Britain's Prince George and Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales in the royal box during the men's singles final REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
Prince George, pictured with his father Prince William, currently attends a fee-paying school. (Reuters)

The eldest child of William and Kate, and future king, is currently being educated at the private Lambrook School in Berkshire, alongside his younger siblings Charlotte and Louis.

It is thought that he is likely to follow in his father's footsteps and attend Prince William's alma mater Eton when he turns 13. There has a suggestion by a Labour MP earlier this year that the youngster should attend a state school.

Despite fees for Eton hitting more than £46,000 and the country being in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, Yahoo's polling showed people were divided on whether the future king should be educated.

Just 35% of people felt George should attend a state school, while 41% said they thought he should be educated at a fee-paying school like Eton, and 25% said they didn't know.

Views, once again, varied with age with 46% of 18-24-year-olds believing George should attend a state school, compared to 27% of over-65s.