A day before he becomes king, public confidence in prince Willem-Alexander has risen to 69%, according to a new poll for Nos television. A year ago, just 59% thought the 46-year-old would make a good king.
The increase is largely due to the television interview broadcast earlier this month. Some 48% of the people polled by Ipsos said they thought better of the crown prince after the interview.
Nevertheless, with an approval rating of 7.2%, the new king remains less popular than his mother and wife Máxima who both score 7.8%, the Nos poll showed.
The monarchy is backed by 78% of the public, its highest approval rating since 2008. Last year 74% described themselves as supporters.
One in two people are also happy with the monarchy in its present form, in which the king will be head of state. However, 25% want a ceremonial monarchy and 10% a republic.
However, there is room for change. Some 44% think the royal family should receive less money from the state, 41% think they should have fewer privileges.
Half of the population also think the state is paying too much for the investiture of the new king – €5m – and two thirds think the bill for Amsterdam – €5.2m – itself is too high.
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