Britons are split on whether politicians should have to watch Queen’s speech

Eir NolsoeData Journalist
December 06, 2019, 1:25 PM GMT+0

About four in ten insist it doesn’t matter whether political leaders watch the Queen’s speech, and a similar number disagree

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn made a regal blunder this week when he claimed that he usually watched the Queen’s speech at 10am on Christmas Day, despite it not airing until 3pm.

But it may not be a big issue. Only three in ten people believe it’s important that a political leader watches the speech. An additional 9% say it’s only important if you’re Prime Minister or leader of the opposition, and another 4% say that only the Prime Minister should have to watch.

Four in ten people (42%) say it doesn’t matter at all.

Conservative voters are more likely to mind whether or not political leaders tune in to the Queen on Christmas Day, with 46% saying it matters. In contrast, only about a quarter of Labour (23%) and Lib Dem (27%) voters agree.

Like Corbyn, many Brits say they don’t watch the Queen’s speech attentively. Four in ten don’t watch it at all, while a fifth watch extracts on the news later. Another 17% say they have it on in the background while doing other things.

Only about one in six (18%) say they’ll stop what they’re doing to watch it, including 12% who say they watch it closely.

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