The Heir Apparent Is Due Any Day: Ask.com Unveils What Americans Think About Britain's Famous Baby

 The Heir Apparent Is Due Any Day: Ask.com Unveils What Americans Think About
                            Britain's Famous Baby

PR Newswire

OAKLAND, Calif., July 18, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif., 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:

  o25 percent of respondents say within one year
  o46 percent of respondents say within two years
  o15 percent say within three years

Charles: Absentee No More
During 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:

  o54 percent of respondents thought that Charles was a good father
  oWhen asked if Charles would be a good grandfather, nearly two-thirds (66
    percent) said yes

Fit for a Queen
Charles 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:

  o27 percent responded that Prince Charles would be seen first with the baby
  o13 percent responded that Carole Middleton would be the first seen holding
    the baby
  o7 percent responded that Pippa Middleton would be seen first with the baby

Royals at Work
There'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?

  o48 percent said she will take three or more months
  o19 percent said within two months
  o17 percent said within two weeks
  o16 percent said within one month

A Name Fit for a King...or Queen
The 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 (16 percent).

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 Valerie
Combs, 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. 

About Ask.com
With 100 million global users, Ask.com is a leading online brand for questions
and answers and an operating business of IAC. Now available as a mobile
service, Ask.com mobile apps have been downloaded more than 3 million times.
More information is available atwww.ask.comorhttp://blog.ask.com.

SOURCE Ask.com

Website: http://www.ask.com
Contact: Stephanie Cooley, Dotted Line Communications for Ask.com,
415.254.0318, stephanie@dottedlinecomm.com
 
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