straw poll


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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
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We consider the effects of three treatment variables: voting rule (majority or unanimity), group size, and effect of a straw poll.
The straw poll is a pay-to-vote staple of Iowa politics, a party fund-raiser that looks more like a state fair.
A Kemp juggernaut of college-age volunteers had been able to make a mountain out of a straw poll.
Speech Kansas State TEA Party Convention & Presidential Straw Poll Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center 225 West Douglas Avenue Wichita, KS 67202
Some candidates privately said the results of the second straw poll will be key in their decision to stay in the race.
The straw poll is three months away, but it was front and center Saturday evening at the Iowa GOP's Lincoln Dinner, where party leaders stressed how vital it is to the state's outsize influence in the nominating process.
The Manassas Tea Party conducted the straw poll to survey audience opinion after hearing the candidates' responses to a wide range of questions.
Libertarian standard-bearer Rand Paul won Saturday's straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an early, if unreliable, preview of the 2016 presidential race.
But a straw poll has revealed that they would back it.
According to the poll, Bachmann, who won the Ames Straw Poll in August, showed the steepest drop in votes, Politico reports.
Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann narrowly bested Texas Representative Ron Paul in the Iowa Straw Poll by a margin of 152 votes of a total of 16,892 cast.
The Iowa Straw Poll attracted about 17,000 voters and is the first big test of the 2012 presidential race but its result is not binding.
AMES, Iowa, Ramadan 13, 1432, Aug 13, 2011, SPA -- Six Republican presidential hopefuls battled for votes on Saturday in the Iowa straw poll, the first big test of the 2012 campaign, as Texas Governor Rick Perry formally launched a White House bid that could reshape the race, according to Reuters.
Tim Pawlenty's ability to continue his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination could sputter to an end unless he fares well in today's straw poll in Ames, Iowa, and others also might wash out.
A simple straw poll of drivers shows their fury about this issue may make the opening months of his tenure very difficult indeed.