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straw vote

an unofficial vote taken to obtain an indication of the general trend of opinion on a particular issue.
Also called straw poll.
Origin of straw vote
1885-90, Americanism Unabridged
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  • In straw vote, those present unanimously supported the installation of the proposed culverts.
  • Their initial straw vote was that they were split on incorporating this into the budget.
  • The straw vote resulted in a slight reorganization of priorities.
  • And so the first thing they did was, they had a straw vote, and everybody put down what they wanted.
British Dictionary definitions for straw vote

straw poll

an unofficial poll or vote taken to determine the opinion of a group or the public on some issue
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Idioms and Phrases with straw vote

straw vote

Also, straw poll. An unofficial vote or poll indicating how people feel about a candidate or issue. For example, Let's take a straw poll on the bill and see how it fares. This idiom alludes to a straw used to show in what direction the wind blows, in this case the wind of public opinion. O. Henry joked about it in A Ruler of Men (1907): “A straw vote only shows which way the hot air blows.” [ c. 1885 ]
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