Dutch youngsters less likely to prefer a king to a president

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Support for the monarchy under young adults has dropped sharply over the past 12 years with just 55% now saying they preferred a king to a president, according to market research group Ipsos.

In 2007, 70% of 18 to 34-year-olds said they would rather have a king or queen than a president as head of state, but that figure has been dropping sharply since then.

And the inauguration of king Willem-Alexander, which many thought would be popular with younger people, did not reverse the trend, researcher Sjoerd van Heck told broadcaster NOS at the weekend.

Support for the monarchy remains unchanged among older Dutch people, at around 80%, Ipsos said.





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