LONDON — The new royal baby will have no measurable impact on next week’s election, according to the U.K. polling report, a blog compiled by YouGov polling director Anthony Wells, USA Today reports
YouGov is an online research firm that is closely tracking Britain’s general election on May 7, the closest in decades.
The Duchess Kate of Cambridge gave birth to a baby girl this morning in London. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, was present for the birth of their second child.
“The birth of Prince George had no discernible effect upon the polls, the royal wedding had no discernible effect. The Diamond Jubilee was followed by a couple of polls with a reduced Labor (party) lead, but nothing that couldn’t have been normal sample variation,” he said.
“The idea that something with such a complete disconnect from the things that determine voting intentions will have an impact is somewhat fanciful,” he said. Party leaders in Thursday’s election tweeted well wishes to the couple Saturday.
“Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby girl. I’m absolutely delighted for them,” British Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader David Cameron tweeted. United Kingdom Independence Party’s Nigel Farage, who is regularly photographed with a pint in his hand, raised a glass to the happy couple, tweeting: “Well I did say we’d be taking some time off campaigning to celebrate the #RoyalBaby!”
David Rowley, 85, a retiree, speaking about the birth outside St. Mary’s hospital in London on Saturday said it won’t have any effect on his voting intentions. “But it fills me with tremendous pride that there is yet another member of the royal family,” he said.