07/27/2013 08:38 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Royal Baby Poll: Most Say Media Covered The Story Too Much


Americans are sick and tired of royal baby coverage, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.

The poll found that 63 percent of Americans think the media have dedicated too much time to the newborn offspring of Kate Middleton and Prince William. Twenty-three percent said the media have spent about the right amount of time, while only 2 percent were left wanting more. Twelve percent said they weren't sure.

In fact, few Americans admitted to mustering much interest in the duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy and the birth of her son, Prince George Alexander Louis. Nine percent said they were "very interested" in royal baby news, while another 26 percent said they were "somewhat interested." On the other hand, 27 percent said they were "not very interested," and 35 percent said they were "not at all interested."

Women were more likely than men, by a 47 percent to 21 percent margin, to say they were either very or somewhat interested. Both Democrats (43 percent) and Republicans (42 percent) were more likely than independents (26 percent) to say they were at least somewhat interested.

By a 48 percent to 37 percent margin, more labeled the royal baby coverage "a frivolous and silly distraction from more important news" as opposed to "a sweet and welcome diversion from more serious stories."

The new HuffPost/YouGov poll was conducted July 23-24 among 1,000 adults using a sample selected from YouGov's opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population. Factors considered include age, race, gender, education, employment, income, marital status, number of children, voter registration, time and location of Internet access, interest in politics, religion and church attendance.

The Huffington Post has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls. You can learn more about this project and take part in YouGov's nationally representative opinion polling.



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