|straw poll or chiefly (US), (Canadian), (NZ) straw vote|
|an unofficial poll or vote taken to determine the opinion of a group or the public on some issue|
|straw vote or chiefly (US), (Canadian), (NZ) straw vote|
|Main Entry:||straw poll|
|Part of Speech:||n|
|Definition:||an unofficial accounting taken of opinion on an issue or candidate; also called straw vote|
|Etymology:||from straw 'not having real authority' or 'insignificant thing'|
Originally, a small, informal opinion survey. Today, a straw poll is generally a large-scale, scientifically determined public opinion survey based on a random sample of the population. Straw polls are commonly used to test public opinion of candidates running for office.