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09/15/2014 06:25 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Royal Baby News Doesn't Really Excite Americans, Poll Finds

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Last week, Great Britain's royal family announced that Kate Middleton, aka the Duchess of Cambridge, is pregnant with her second child. A new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds that Americans just aren't that interested.

Only 7 percent of respondents said they have been following the news about the duchess's pregnancy very closely, and another 22 percent said they've followed it somewhat closely. On the other end of the spectrum, 35 percent said they have not followed the news very closely, and another 30 percent said they haven't paid attention at all.

There was a substantial gender divide, with 39 percent of women following the pregnancy news very or somewhat closely, while only 18 percent of men said the same.

Why aren't Americans paying much attention to Kate Middleton's happy announcement? Maybe because they aren't all that enthusiastic about another round of royal baby. Only 7 percent said they are very excited that Middleton is pregnant again. Eighteen percent said they are somewhat excited, and another 19 percent said they're not very excited. Nearly half (48 percent) said they are not at all excited that Middleton is expecting her second child.

But it's not just the duchess whom Americans are tired of hearing about. Americans are fairly unenthused about media coverage of the entire British royal family. Fifty-six percent said the media spend too much time covering stories about the royal family, while 26 percent said the media spend the right amount of time. Just 2 percent said there's too little coverage of the royals.

The HuffPost/YouGov poll was conducted Sept. 11-12 among 1,000 U.S. 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. Data from all HuffPost/YouGov polls can be found here.

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