Jubilee bank holiday: the most Royal friendly areas in Birmingham

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

Birmingham contains one of the least pro-monarchy areas in Britain, according to research.

But 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.

Here’s a look at those results with the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday upon us.

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.

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What do the figures show?

Of the 10 parliamentaryconstituencies that are in or cross over into Birmingham, the least pro-monarchy was Ladywood – 30% disagreed with the Royal Family’s reign, compared to 35% who supported them, with the rest undecided.

Of these, 11% strongly disagree with the statement, while 19% said they simply disagree.

At the other end of the scale was Sutton Coldfield.

Here, 57% of people were pro-Crown, compared to 17% who were not.

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

Ladywood placed 629th out of 632 constituencies – not including the 18 in Northern Ireland – while Sutton Coldfield came in at 124th.

The results and rankings for each constituency in Birmingham are - here’s how many agree with the statement:

  • 124: in UK) Sutton Coldfield: 57% agree, 17% disagree
  • 280) Erdington: 51% agree, 18% disagree
  • 284) Northfield: 50% agree, 17% disagree
  • 385) Yardley: 47% agree, 18% disagree
  • 478) Selly Oak: 48% agree, 23% disagree
  • 499) Perry Barr: 47% agree, 24% disagree
  • 526) Edgbaston:44% agree, 24% disagree
  • 552) Hodge Hill: 41% agree, 24% disagree
  • 605) Hall Green: 43% agree, 30% disagree
  • 629) Ladywood: 35% agree, 30% disagree

How do these figures compare with support for the monarch across the country?

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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