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straw poll

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

take a straw poll

To conduct an unofficial vote, poll, or survey to gauge the voting public's opinion of an issue or a political candidate. After taking the latest straw poll, the incumbent president is placed well ahead of his opponent. However, it's eight weeks until the election, and a lot can happen in that time.
See also: poll, straw, take

go to the polls

to go to a place to vote; to vote. What day do we go to the polls? Our community goes to the polls in November.
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go to the polls

to vote in an election The country will go to the polls on 6th June.
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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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The authors would like to thank Sonnika Otto and Riana Poller, formerly of the National Museum in Bloemfontein, for assistance with field work at the Erfenis Dam Nat.
Hirsh J, Raschke R, Warkentin TE, Dalen JE, Deykin D, Poller L.
Poller and Michaeli [15] studied the effects of plug and film temperatures on wall thickness.
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WORK, REST AND PLAY: Youngsters take a well-earned rest and (inset) Shannon Poller and Lawinia Szomas hard at work LS250711CAN-02
van den Besselaar AMHP, Barrowcliffe TW, Houbouyan-Reveillard LL, Jespersen J, Johnston M, Poller L, Tripodi A, on behalf of the Subcommittee on Control of Anticoagulation of the Scientific and Standardization Committee of the ISTH.
Distributed SNMP Poller with integrated Mib Browser/Compiler and Configurator -- Alerting on threshold violations and baseline deviations -- Outage Editor linked to ticketing applications.
Another interesting study by Poller, et al (17), considered the variation inherent in POCT monitor manufacture.
Poller and Michaeli (11) reported plug and film temperatures as the major influencing parameters of wall thickness distribution in a plug-assist thermoforming.
SUPER SURFERS: Joshua Poller (left) and Conor Sturmey B WONDERS: Charter Primary School, in ley, has set up a Super Club to allow the pils to practise being safe on social working sites like facebook, where they create their own page.
Such a study has been performed and will be reported (Ibrahim S, Poller L, Keown M, Jespersen J, unpublished data).
Edward Poller, Easton Dental is a dental practice with specialists in the areas of pediatrics, endodontics, periodontics, orthodontics and oral surgery.
Members of the gardening group, from left, Josh Poller, Hermione Pountney, Ben Fletcher and Amy Cross.