Canadians support Charles as king: CBC poll

CBC poll suggests 65% of Canadians are not concerned that Prince Charles is divorced.

On the eve of Prince Charles's wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles, 65 per cent of Canadians believe he should become king despite being divorced, suggests a CBC poll.

Support for Charles ascending the throne was highest in Quebec, with 73 per cent saying he should become king. It was the lowest in Ontario at 61 per cent.

Across the country, 27 per cent said he shouldn't become king, while nine per cent said they didn't care or didn't answer.

The survey is part of the CBC's upcoming look at the state of marriage in Canada and Canadians' views on the subject.

Donna Dasko, senior vice-president with Environics Research, says the high acceptance of a divorced king is just a sign of the times.

"Divorce has become acceptable," said Dasko.

"Our laws in this country have changed to reflect that and divorced people are fully accepted into the community in Canada," she said. "So why should the royals be any different?"

Charles's supporters say divorce is a common, modern reality and that many people remarry, including royals.

Royal watcher Karen Sheppard is happy Charles is finally marrying his longtime love, saying his divorce from Diana shouldn't threaten his destiny to be king.

"I would think that this is a wedding of great companionship and steadfast love and I'm happy for them," said Sheppard. "As a Canadian, I think it's interesting to watch."

She plans to watch the wedding at her Whitby, Ont., home with her 65-year-old mother and 16-year-old daughter and "have tea and scones."

The results of the survey are based on 1,203 telephone interviews conducted by Environics Research Group Ltd. for the CBC from March 26 to March 30.

The results are considered accurate within 2.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.