A lot vs. Alot: 9 Grammatical Pitfalls
an unofficial accounting taken of opinion on an issue or candidate; also called straw vote
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.