straw poll

straw vote

noun
an unofficial vote taken to obtain an indication of the general trend of opinion on a particular issue.
Also called straw poll.


Origin:
1885–90, Americanism

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straw poll or chiefly (US), (Canadian), (NZ) straw vote
 
n
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
 
n

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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'
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straw poll definition


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.

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