The Monarchy

Poll finds more Swedes want the King to abdicate

For the first time more Swedes want the King to abdicate in favor of his eldest daughter Crown Princess Victoria, according to a new poll.

The Ipsos survey, published Saturday in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter, showed more Swedes support the Crown Princess taking over the reins from her father King Carl XVI Gustaf, who has reigned since 1973.

In the poll, 48 percent want the King to step down in favor of the Crown Princess, while 39 percent want him to remain in office. In May 2011, 41 percent wanted the King to abdicate, while 44 percent wanted him to continue on as head of state.

"The fact that more people want to Victoria to take over the throne may be an expression of dissatisfaction with the King concerning his duties," said Johanna Laurin Gulled, a public opinion analyst at Ipsos. "But it may also be that, as the king gets older and Victoria grows in experience, a change on the throne becomes ever more natural and expected."

The poll also showed the monarchy's popularity falling with the general public.

Nowadays, 64 percent want to keep the institution compared to 80 percent when Ipsos began asking the question in January 2005. Younger respondents also had a significantly more negative opinion toward the monarchy than the older respondents.