LORD ASHCROFT POLLS: NEW CORONATION POLL FINDS LEAD FOR REPUBLIC IN ANTIGUA, BAHAMAS AND JAMAICA – OTHER CARIBBEAN NATIONS WOULD STAY WITH THE CROWN
Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas and Jamaica would vote to become republics in a referendum tomorrow, according to new research from Lord Ashcroft Polls.
The other five countries in the Caribbean region where King Charles is head of state would choose to remain constitutional monarchies.
Findings from the survey include:
More said they would vote for a republic than the monarchy in Antigua (by 47% to 45%), the Bahamas (by 51% to 27%) and Jamaica (by 49% to 40%). The remainder in each case said they didn’t know or would not vote.
More said they would vote to remain a constitutional monarchy than to become a republic in Belize (by 48% to 43%), Grenada (by 56% to 42%), St Kitts & Nevis (by 52% to 45%), St Lucia (by 56% to 39%) and St Vincent and The Grenadines (by 63% to 34%).
More than 75% of pro-republic voters in all 8 countries polled in the region said that becoming a republic would bring real, practical benefits. The remainder said the monarchy was wrong in principle and should be replaced whether there were practical benefits or not.
Most pro-republic voters in Jamaica and St Kitts said the monarchy had been good for their country in the past but makes no sense today. In the other 6 countries, most pro-republic voters said the monarchy should never have been part of how their country was governed.
In all 3 countries where more would vote for a republic than to keep the monarchy, majorities (53% in Antigua, 69% in the Bahamas, 75% in Jamaica) agreed that “in an ideal world we wouldn’t have the monarchy, but there are more important things for the country to deal with.”
Despite their “referendum” votes, majorities in Antigua (55%) and Jamaica (62%) agreed that the monarchy meant they had more stability in their country than they would have without it. With the exception of the Bahamas, majorities in all countries polled in the region agreed that the King can unite everyone no matter who they voted for, and that the royal family cares a lot about their particular country.
Asked to choose between two statements, people in Antigua, Belize, St Kitts, St Lucia and St Vincent were more likely to see the monarchy as a valuable force for stability and continuity; those in the Bahamas, Grenada and Jamaica were more likely to see it as part of a colonial past that has no place in their country today.
Majorities in all 8 countries polled in the region had a positive view of King Charles, except the Bahamas (38%).
In 7 of the 8 countries, most said the monarchy made them feel more rather than less warm towards the UK (people in the Bahamas were divided 50-50). Clear majorities in all 8 said that if their country became a republic they would want to remain part of the Commonwealth.
Aside from Antigua, the Bahamas and Jamaica, the polling found that voters in Australia, Canada and the Solomon Islands would vote to become republics if a referendum were held tomorrow.
4,077 adults were interviewed online in Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and The Grenadines in February and March 2023. A total of 22,701 adults were interviewed in the 15 countries in which King Charles is head of state. The full report, Uncharted Realms: The Future of the Monarchy in the UK and Around the World, together with full data for each country, is available for free at LordAshcroftPolls.com
LORD ASHCROFT KCMG PC is an international businessman, philanthropist, pollster and author. He is a former Deputy Chairman of the UK Conservative Party and honorary Chairman of the International Democrat Union. His recent political books include Going For Broke: The Rise of Rishi Sunak, First Lady: Intrigue at the Court of Carrie and Boris Johnson, and Red Knight: The Unauthorised Biography of Sir Keir Starmer.
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So ladies and gentlemen, this poll reveals how the citizens of Antigua & Barbuda would vote in a referendum to ditch-out; kick-out and remove a king, whose ancestors raped, pillaged and looted from our forefathers and mothers.
And meanwhile, our out of touch – and out of sorts -Prime Minister is preparing to HOBNOB with a king who has vastly benefited in wealth, from the blood, sweat and tears of the slave trade.
This poll makes me proud day to be an autochthonous Antiguan 🇦🇬
Recommended reading for your delectation my fellow Antiguans:
‘Sir John Hawkins Queen Elizabeth’s Slave Trader’ by the author Harry Kelsey
You can trust Brixtonian to be ahead of the game as always …
… Prime Minister Gaston Browne 🥸 you should be utterly ashamed of yourself!
The campaign in Britain to abolish slavery began in the 1760s, supported by both black and white abolitionists. Eventually, in 1807, Parliament passed an Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, which abolished the trade by Britain in enslaved peoples between Africa, the West Indies and America. Britain was the first country to out law the buying and selling of any man of which ever colour. In the Year 1082 slavery was abolished and made illegal to own any slaves in Britain. This meant that any African slaves that landed in Britain were automatically “freemen”
In 1833 Parliament passed a further act to abolish slavery in the British West Indies, Canada and the Cape of Good Hope (southern Africa), meaning that it was now illegal to buy or own a person. However, slavery continued in other areas of the British Empire including the territories run by the East India Company, Ceylon (modern day Sri Lanka) and St Helena. Between 1808 and 1869 the Royal Navy’s West Africa Squadron seized over 1,600 slave ships and freed about 150,000 Africans but, despite this, it is estimated that a further 1 million people were enslaved and transported throughout the 19th century. Use this lesson to explore original court records from Dominica, a British colony and photographs from HMS Daphne, a British naval ship later used to prevent the transportation of enslaved people.
Britain was involved in transporting 3.1 million people, which they brought mainly form African kings and African traders, out of the 12.1 million transported.
Today in Africa there are in excess of 9.6 estimated Slaves out of 49.6 million world wide. The 10 nations with the largest absolute numbers of modern-day slaves—India, China, Pakistan, North Korea, Nigeria, Iran, Indonesia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Russia, and the Philippines—account for 60 percent of the world’s enslaved people. I would welcome anyone who is interested in the despicable trade of humans to remember our history but stand up and act against the slavery in our world today.
You give yourself a name of part of London, and by your writing, I assume that you have availed yourself of the UK social service benefits.aybe I’m wrong, but you sure as hell sound like an awful lot of Caribbeans living on welfare in the UK.
But now, after years of sucking on that tit, you feel entitled to criticise the same system and anyone associated with it.
You’re stuck aren’t you?
Never made anything of yourself, dependent on the UK government tit for your welfare, and can’t afford to come back to the sunshine for more than a few weeks a year.
Now you’re bitter that you’ll die in the miserable council flat that you so eagerly sought.
I wish you peace and contentment, but I doubt you’ll find it.
Again, I note with (very little) interest that another acolyte cannot or will not address the issue or try to debate that’s being mentioned – I see critical thinking is not your thing.
If as you say, that I’m a poor man living on welfare and this gives you MUCH COMFORT in your NON response to the historical misdemeanours of the monarchy … then fill your boots @ Ostrich. 😁
Like you, I wish you contentment in your life and your love for the new king 👑 and Gaston Browne.🥸
SHOOTING THE MESSENGER IS SO SO EASY, WHY NOT TRY AND EDUCATE YOURSELF INSTEAD?!
Oh BTW, I live in Antigua, but I do enjoy travelling to Barbados, and the UK where I have homes and land as well.
Brixtonian a self-made entrepreneur – try it sometime @ are you an Ostrich!
You do well to take the time out to respond to this #patheic individual. For some one who claims to be such a successful businessman he sure does spend alot of time on this particular news feed. Responding and replying to every and anyone and of course if you not singing to his song and dance immediately accuse you of being a Gaston Brownie/ABLP supporter. Brixtonian comes off as one of those Caribbean National who went abroad lost their morning now trying to get it back at night. He was once made very valid views and options on here but now his bitterness and obsession with everything Gaston Browne has shown he is not the sucess he pretended to be.
Passive income my friend, passive income. Try it sometime 😉
This is why I always encourage my fellow Antiguans to educate themselves. Education is not only for the elites.
KNOWLEDGE IS NOT ONLY POWER, BUT ALSO INDEPENDENCE …
You do well to take the time out to respond to this #patheic individual. For some one who claims to be such a successful businessman he sure does spend alot of time on this particular news feed. Responding and replying to every and anyone and of course if you not singing to his song and dance immediately accuse you of being a Gaston Brownie/ABLP supporter. Brixtonian comes off as one of those Caribbean National who went abroad lost their morning now trying to get it back at night. He was once made very valid views and options on here but now his bitterness and obsession with everything Gaston Browne has shown he is not the sucess he pretended to be but actually some who is bitter and blames everyone but himself for his failure
I refer you to my previous communication 😁
Well call it and see you idiot.
You obviously have not heard the respective regional and local bar associations recently.
Trupz. Get out of here.
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