straw poll


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straw poll

(chiefly US, Canadian, and NZ), vote
an unofficial poll or vote taken to determine the opinion of a group or the public on some issue
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Straw polls are informal surveys asking the public how they feel about an issue or a candidate.
In two informal straw polls, a female candidate has only ranked in third place.
De La Fuente said, "Unlike media polls that are administered anonymously and are heavily skewed toward name recognition, straw poll events allow voters to actually meet candidates and learn about their positions." He continued, "I do exceptionally well when I have the opportunity to speak with voters, share my views and listen to theirs."
Several rounds of straw polls are expected to be held before the council agrees on a consensus candidate, which is likely to happen in October.
I emphasise "International" as this will clearly and more importantly predictably skew, the results of such a straw poll!
No finalist had received majority support in several straw polls and committee members were still debating at 11:30 Monday night.
Interesting to hear that from Chris Wallace, one of numerous "reporters" at the 2012 Iowa Straw Polls who "hammered" Ron Paul by completely ignoring Dr.
A straw poll taken at the recent New Hampshire Young Republicans lobster bake produced some interesting results.
At last night's OnePiece party (suppliers of One Direction's brand of onesies, naturally) a straw poll revealed Niall's comfy outfit was what most women wanted to slob around in.
"Asking fans for views is part of the KCIC approach of trying to find a unifying message when supporters are so divided, and was intended as a quick straw poll with only a few dozen replies expected," he said, "What this has become is if not a scientific survey, then certainly a very large straw poll indeed and in the absence of any other polls the results make for very interesting reading."
NOT surprisingly Bernard Garner, director general of Nexus, (Feedback, February 23), values his organisation's satisfaction survey higher than the 'straw poll' of Chronicle readers.
Gordon said he did a straw poll of the office and it was a "damning majority verdict on the lack of technical and artistic ability on show from the female version of the beautiful game".