The King thrones according to Dagbladet survey
King Harald rules sovereign in a survey where 1,000 people are asked to answer who they think does the best job of the Royals. 43 per cent vote for him.
The survey was conducted by Ipsos on behalf of the newspaper. King Harald receives 43 per cent of the votes in front of Queen Sonja and Crown Prince Haakon, with 14 and 12 per cent respectively. The one who gets the least support is Crown Princess Mette-Marit, who gets a meagre 3 per cent of the votes. This means that 30 per cent either did not want to answer or doesn’t think any of them does a good job.
Former Sous Chief at the Royal Palace and current MP, Carl-Erik Grimstad, is not very surprised by King Harald’s popularity.
– It is a combination of his radiance, his historical role as a part of the Royal lineage, but also his formal position as the Monarch of Norway, contribute. He also gets the most attention, says Grimstad.
He points out that those who partook in the survey were not asked to rank the Royals, so that the Crown Princess is not considered as the one who does the best job, does not necessarily mean that people think that she doesn’t do a good job. Grimstad believes her results in such surveys will change when she becomes the Queen one day. Grimstad points to the sociologist Max Weber’s theories that authority can build on traditions, charisma and legal position. This King Harald presently has got more of that than the others in the Royal House, combined.
The Royal Court does as usual not want to comment on this kind of surveys.
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