Definition of straw poll in English:

straw poll

(North American straw vote)

noun

  • An unofficial ballot conducted as a test of opinion.

    ‘I took a straw poll among my immediate colleagues’
    • ‘Yet, a straw poll of public opinion suggests the directive also enjoys some support - even amongst members of the public who will end up footing the bill.’
    • ‘And a straw poll amongst my colleagues suggests most people agree.’
    • ‘Davis remains the bookies' favourite to win and a straw poll of Tory backbenchers conducted by The Sunday Times this weekend suggests he is ahead among MPs.’
    • ‘A quick straw poll amongst friends confirmed it - middle aged women are becoming increasingly sexually demanding and, unlike their mothers, are not prepared to settle for less.’
    • ‘This included some six interviews, a straw poll of public opinion, and a discussion of constitutional issues surrounding the marriage.’
    • ‘Just how much is translated over seems to be hard information to obtain but a straw poll of institutions and embassies reveals that most of them estimate the figure is over 50%.’
    • ‘We have conducted our own straw poll among divers we meet around the world.’
    • ‘It is worth comparing the 80,000 who voted in the Republican caucuses with the 25,000 who cast ballots in the straw poll held last August at the state fairgrounds in Ames.’
    • ‘In so far as these are best estimates after conducting my straw poll, in most instances they would be accurate to within $50,000.’
    • ‘Can I suggest reading all the evidence and expanding the straw poll before jumping to conclusions.’
    • ‘With this in mind, I conducted a quick straw poll.’
    • ‘Holmes said that at the last meeting of the association at Headingley he conducted a straw poll to see what members felt about Gough and the overwhelming majority wanted him to stay with Yorkshire.’
    • ‘Local residents have no idea who the Mayor of Leichhardt is, but nearly all believe they should decide the position by popular vote, a straw poll has revealed.’
    • ‘Conduct a straw poll among Dubliners now on where they would live given an unlimited budget, and the answer is likely to be Howth, Dalkey, Rathmines or Ranelagh.’
    • ‘No Irish technology firms are expected to go public in 2003, according to a straw poll of venture capital funders and corporate financiers conducted by The Sunday Business Post.’
    • ‘The conversation turned to ages and so a straw poll rated me the second oldest, when in fact I was the youngest.’
    • ‘I took a straw poll and others agree with me that ‘in our day’ infants and primary school children did not abuse each other in this fashion.’
    • ‘When compiling the form statisticians wanted to ask people how much they earned - but, having conducted a straw poll which indicated this would not be welcomed by the public, the idea was dropped.’
    • ‘Admittedly the poll is a straw poll and by definition unscientific but it does tally with other anecdotal evidence on attitudes to immigration.’
    • ‘As the Federal Government moves into full election mode, a straw poll of cattle producers in regional Victoria has found Liberal party leadership is not an issue.’
    ballot, poll, election, referendum, plebiscite, public vote, general election, local election, popular vote, show of hands
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straw poll