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

ROME, ITALY - JULY 24:  A man reads magazine 'Diva' at a newstand, where front pages of Italian newspapaers and magazines fea
ROME, ITALY - JULY 24: A man reads magazine 'Diva' at a newstand, where front pages of Italian newspapaers and magazines feature photographs of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge to marking the birth of their first child, on July 24, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge returned to Kensington Palace yesterday with their day-old son, who was born on July 22 at 16:24hrs BST, weighing 8lb 6oz, at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, London. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)

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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