Jubilee bank holiday: how much support does the Royal Family have in Solihull?

As the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday gets underway, we’ve looked at whether people throughout Birmingham support the Royal Family

Solihull contains one of the most pro-monarchy areas in Britain, new research shows.

And across the country support for the monarchy remains high, according to a survey of 21,000 people carried out by the publisher UnHerd in association with pollster FocalData in 2019 - ahead of the Platinum Jubilee.

Participants were asked how much they agreed with the statement “I am a strong supporter of the continued reign of the Royal Family”.

The responses were then analysed to create a model for each constituency, based on the characteristics of people living there, including age, voting record and employment status.

The Queen on a visit to Scotland

What do the figures show?

There are two ​parliamentary constituencies that are in or cross over into Solihull – Solihull and Meriden.

Of the two constituencies that are in or cross over into Solihull, the most pro-monarchy was Solihull – 63% support the monarchy, compared to 17% who don’t, with the rest undecided.

Of these, 30% strongly agree with the statement, while 33% said they simply agree. Solihull placed 43rd out of 632 constituencies – not including the 18 constituencies in Northern Ireland.

In Meriden meanwhile just 58% of people were pro-Crown, compared to 17% who were not – placing it at 135th nationwide.

The constituencies were ranked based on how many agree versus disagree, with the top ranking being the most pro-monarchist.

How do these figures compare across the rest of Britian?

Across Britain as a whole, 48% of people support the monarchy, 25% do not, and 28% are not sure.

Old Bexley and Sidcup, in London, was the most supportive, with both the highest agreement (68%) and the lowest disagreement (12%).

Just three constituencies – Liverpool Riverside, Manchester Central and Glasgow Central – were home to more republicans than royalists.

Suburban and rural areas dominated the top spots, while all of the 10 least monarchist areas were in major cities.

Paul Embery, from UnHerd, said the results demonstrated a widening cultural schism between cities and the rest of the country, which pre-dates the turmoil caused by Brexit.

He said: “Though ostensibly about the Royal Family, the poll results highlight something more profound about our country.

“They illustrate the extent to which we have tipped into a very real cultural war, with competing values and priorities vying for ascendancy.

“Much of our political discourse and debate must now be seen through this prism. We had better get used to it.”

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