straw poll

noun
an unofficial vote taken to determine opinion on some issue
Syn: ↑straw vote
Hypernyms: ↑poll, ↑opinion poll, ↑public opinion poll, ↑canvass

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straw poll or straw vote noun
An unofficial vote taken to get some idea of the general trend of opinion
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Main Entry:straw

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straw poll UK US noun [countable] [singular straw poll plural straw polls]
a situation in which you ask in an informal way for people’s opinions about something
Thesaurus: questioning and types of questionssynonym

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straw poll,
an unofficial poll taken to estimate the amount of support for or strength of opposing candidates or opinions on various issues: »

A straw poll shows him leading other contenders for the nomination (Time).

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(also straw vote) n. an unofficial ballot conducted as a test of opinion

I took a straw poll among my immediate colleagues

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noun, pl ⋯ polls [count]
: an informal and unofficial poll or vote that is done to get information about what people think about something — called also (US) straw vote

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ˌstraw ˈpoll [straw poll] (NAmE also ˌstraw ˈvote) noun
an occasion when a number of people are asked in an informal way to give their opinion about sth or to say how they are likely to vote in an election
 
Example Bank:

I took a quick straw poll among my colleagues to see how many agreed.

It's only a straw poll, but it suggests that most people are in favour of stricter regulations.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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