straw vote

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straw vote

An unofficial vote, poll, or survey to gauge the voting public's opinion of an issue or a candidate. The latest straw vote puts the candidate well ahead of his opponent, but it's eight weeks to the election and a lot can happen in that time.
See also: straw, vote

straw vote

Also, straw poll. An unofficial vote or poll indicating how people feel about a candidate or issue. For example, Let's take a straw poll on the bill and see how it fares. This idiom alludes to a straw used to show in what direction the wind blows, in this case the wind of public opinion. O. Henry joked about it in A Ruler of Men (1907): "A straw vote only shows which way the hot air blows." [c. 1885]
See also: straw, vote
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General manager Charley Casserly of Washington disagreed, citing a straw vote of the coaches in which only three were opposed - Bill Parcells of the New York Jets, Marv Levy of Buffalo and Tony Dungy of Tampa Bay.
The ATM Forum will likely call for a straw vote on the specification after its next meeting, scheduled to take place in April in Denver.