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LONDON, England -- Britons would narrowly approve of a marriage between Prince Charles and his partner Camilla Parker Bowles, a poll shows.

A second marriage for the Prince of Wales would have the support of 32 percent of the British public, with 29 percent opposed, according to a Populus poll conducted for The Times newspaper.

However, most Britons -- 38 percent -- don't care whether Charles and Parker Bowles marry.

The survey, which polled 1,004 people last weekend, revealed stark contrasts in opinion between men and women -- as well as among different age and political groups.

Women are generally opposed to the marriage -- 37 percent against compared to 32 percent in favor -- while 31 percent of men are in favor compared to 21 percent against.

Women also are more interested, with just 31 percent saying they don't care -- compared to 45 percent of men who have no view.

Politically, Conservatives are the most interested -- only 29 percent don't care -- compared to 35 percent for Labour voters and 41 percent for Liberal Democrats.

Fans of a marriage are more likely to be among the younger generations, with 42 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds in favor.

Disapproval appears to grow with age -- from 20 percent in the 18-24 bracket to 39 percent among over-65s, the poll showed.

Earlier this month, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, said Charles, 55, and Parker Bowles, 56, should marry. (Full story)

Charles has walked a delicate public relations path over his affair with Parker Bowles since his divorce from Princess Diana and her subsequent death in a Paris car crash in 1997.


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