MADRID, June 8 (Xinhua) - The majority of Spanish citizens would like a vote on whether or not the country should continue being a Monarchy or become a republic once again according to a poll published in the El Pais newspaper on Sunday.
The poll, which was compiled by the company Metroscope in the wake of last Monday's news that King Juan Carlos was stepping down in favor of his son, Prince Felipe, discovered that 62 percent of those asked were in favor of a referendum on the future of the Monarchy, whereas 34 percent were opposed to a vote.
This contrasts strongly with the opinion which is likely to be reflected in the Spanish Congress this coming Wednesday when 90 percent of deputies are expected to approve the law drawn up by the cabinet of Mariano Rajoy's ruling Popular Party last week, to approve Felipe's succession to the throne.
However, the fact that a majority of Spaniards want a referendum over the future of the Monarchy, doesn't mean they are in favor a republic, as the poll discovered 49 percent of people would prefer to have a monarchy with Felipe as king, while 36 percent would support a republic.
Nevertheless, the issue is complicated and support for the monarchy is to a certain extent divided along party lines, with 79 percent of PP voters saying they were in favor of the Monarchy, while 68 percent of Socialist (PSOE) Party voters and 98 percent of voters for the United Left (Izquierda Unida) in favor of a referendum.
Meanwhile, younger people are less positive in their opinions of the Spanish royal family with 74 percent of people aged between 18 and 34 (who were too young to vote for the 1978 Constitution) in favor of a referendum.
This Sunday saw Juan Carlos carry out his last official act as Chief of Spain's Armed Forces as he presided over the annual Armed Forces Day parade in Madrid alongside Felipe, who will be proclaimed Felipe VI on June 19.