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Opinion

July 24, 2013

Our view: Brits, Yanks united in royal apathy

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More recently, Survey Monkey — an online surveying tool — found that roughly 61 percent of Americans were not following the royal birth at all, and 22 percent were not following it closely. The other 17 percent were somewhat to very interested.

Just about everyone loves to see a cute baby, but perhaps not quite as enthralled as the morning TV shows might hope.

A case can be made that Americans are very interested in dynamic, powerful families. Especially if there is an element of attractiveness and tragedy. The Kennedys come to mind. And certainly the royal family does too.

But across the widest breadth of our nation, we’re not the biggest fans of watching England’s royal elite, despite what the broadcasts may lead us to believe. And the surveys indicate that the Brits aren’t so interested either.

Great Britain has long been our closest ally, united by a common language and tradition. We might also be united in a common apathy for the royals.

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