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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

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

go to the polls

To cast one's vote in an election. Analysts have predicted a landslide victory for her, but we won't know for sure until the country goes to the polls.
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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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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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Presiding officer of one polling station in Malir received 1500 ballot papers against 1966 registered voters shown in the polling scheme available at ECP website.
They must present a "certificate of appointment" to the election judge at a polling station and the certificate must come from the political party, candidate or ballot measure group that appointed them (Groups of registered voters may also appoint poll watchers on behalf of certain write-in candidates.
The pre-voting processes were observed to be relatively smooth as only three violations were reported regarding polling agents making objections on starting processes and six of unauthorized persons being present inside polling stations.
The EC had also banned the publication of results of any opinion polls 48 hours before polling in respective areas.
There are several lessons that business enterprises planning to conduct survey and/or polling exercises in the Caribbean can learn from BMRI's experiences with regard to use of SPSM in Jamaica.
Factors being examined as likely causes for long lines and waits are inaccuracies in voter registration databases, not enough voting machines, poorly organized and inadequately staffed polling places, special needs arising from registration problems, and large numbers of provisional ballots being cast.
At issue is whether the poll watchers "are making accusations" that are based on real reasons or whether they're trying to slow down the lines "and impede voters, so less polling gets done," says Greenbaum.
But Weissberg's critique is not aimed at the scientific art of polling per se.
The president of Haitian Women of Miami testified she was threatened with arrest for attempting to enter the polling booth to help first-time Haitian voters who needed translation assistance.
If the reporting of polling is done in the absence of substantive reporting as well, on the candidates' domestic and foreign policy positions, then that is a huge failing," Kalb says.
And what else can one do but produce such a book in a time when the editors of major presses cancel their contracts with authors after limited polling of salespeople in chain bookstores?
Vizu Answers combines an easy-to-use polling platform and network of websites to enable any knowledge worker to conduct research quickly and cost effectively.
MUZAFFRABAD -- The polling process, which started on Thursday at 8 a.
Around 8,046 polling booths and 5,427 polling stations have been set up in all constituencies while 862 polling stations and 1,215 booths have been established in district Muzaffarabad.