53% agree with Prince Charles’ comparison of Vladimir Putin with Adolf Hitler – and 51% say his comments were appropriate
Vladimir Putin has criticised recent comments by Prince Charles comparing Putin's actions in Ukraine to those of Hitler, calling them "unacceptable" and "wrong" and adding that making such remarks is "not what monarchs do". While talking about Nazi Germany's annexation of countries at a museum in Halifax, Canada, Prince Charles reportedly told a woman: "And now Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler".
A new YouGov survey for the Sunday Times finds that most British people agree with the Prince of Wales’ comments.
53% agree that Vladimir Putin is “doing just about the same as Hitler”. Only 20% disagree and 27% don’t know.
Additionally, 51% say that Prince Charles’ comments were appropriate – there is no reason he shouldn’t express his views in private conversations. More do say his comments were inappropriate (36%) than disagree with what he said however.
Prince Charles has a reputation for speaking out on subjects he feels strongly about, be they on the environment, architecture or medicine. The last time YouGov asked whether it is appropriate for him to comment on public issues like this, in May 2013, 59% said it was. Now, 65% say his comments on public issues are acceptable.
Prince Charles is slowly taking on more responsibility from the Queen, aged 87. When asked who the future monarch should be, however, as many say Prince William should succeed as King after Queen Elizabeth II (39%) as say the next king should be Charles (39%).