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July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The global fascination with the royal baby can almost be satiated—William and Kate's bundle of joy is due any moment.
Ask.com, a leading online brand for questions and answers, today released data culled from its 100 million monthly users to reveal Americans' thoughts about the arrival of
Britain's littlest heir.
Findings include (
see below for full methodology):
No "Spare" with the "Heir?"While
seven in 10 respondents think there will be another royal delivery in the not-too-distant future,
nearly 15 percent of respondents say William and Kate will raise an only child. For those betting on a "spare," the thinking is the next child will come quick:
25 percent of respondents say within one year
46 percent of respondents say within two years
15 percent say within three years
Charles: Absentee No MoreDuring William's and Harry's childhood, the perception may have been that Charles was too busy hunting to help Diana with child-rearing, but Ask survey respondents believe Charles will excel as a grandfather. Ask users feel that Charles will be a better grandfather than he was a father, with a
12 percent margin between the two:
54 percent of respondents thought that Charles was a good father
When asked if Charles would be a good grandfather, nearly two-thirds (66 percent) said yes
Fit for a QueenCharles may be heralded as a strong grandfather-to-be, but Ask users think that
Queen Elizabeth will trump the paternal granddaddy when it comes to the first public snapshot with the new heir.
When asked 'who will be seen holding the baby first,"
more than one in two people (52 percent) gave
Queen Elizabeth the honors; other users responded as follows:
27 percent responded that Prince Charles would be seen first with the baby
13 percent responded that Carole Middleton would be the first seen holding the baby
7 percent responded that Pippa Middleton would be seen first with the baby
Royals at WorkThere's speculation William will leave his post with the Royal Air Force when his tour ends, but no official announcement has been made. According to Ask, the majority of Americans
(60 percent) think he should stay put.
As for Kate, nearly one in two respondents think the new mother will take at least a few months of maternity leave. When do Americans think she'll return to her royal duties?
48 percent said she will take three or more months
19 percent said within two months
17 percent said within two weeks
16 percent said within one month
A Name Fit for a King...or QueenThe stakes are high when it comes to speculation on the name for the royal baby and Ask users think that William and Kate will go the traditional route.
If Kate delivers a boy,
one-third of respondents
(34 percent) think the baby will be called William after his father, followed by Edward
(27 percent), Charles
(23 percent) or George
Elizabeth is considered to be the most likely name if the couple welcome a little girl, according to
29 percent of poll respondents, beating out contenders like Charlotte,
Victoria and even Diana. Two in five respondents
(40 percent) believe the parents should have multiple names at the ready in preparation for twins.
"As the world waits for the details on the Prince or Princess of
Cambridge, the spotlight on the royal family has never been stronger," said
Ask.com celebrity and trend expert. "Our users weighed in on everything from which relative would be the first photographed holding the heir to the throne, to how quickly William and Kate will add another baby to their brood."
The findings are derived from user polls featured on
Ask.com, collected over a six-day period and including responses from
over 7,900 poll participants.
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