straw vote


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to straw vote: straw poll

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
References in periodicals archive ?
Our efforts to compute the symmetric quantal response equilibrium correspondence for majority rule juries with a straw vote were unsuccessful.
In the final count, Regal's Straw Vote clearly shows that kids all across the USA are the winners in this cause-marketing campaign," stated Ken Thewes, Regal Entertainment Group Chief Marketing Officer.
The straw votes took place at a special council meeting, and some concern was raised about what changes might occur if the charter was rewritten.
To watch the Regal Straw Vote public service announcement seen in theatres visit: youtu.
Pangilinan said the candidates were selected through a straw vote.
Planning Board member Douglas Price, who has been against the project due to its housing element, urged his fellow board members to take a straw vote, just to see how things were looking for Brady Sullivan.
The South University Neighborhood Association has not taken an official stand on the arena but opposed it in a straw vote, and the group's president said members will follow the project closely.
Dewar was chosen to fill the vacancy over school board applicant Scott Adkins after Adkins lost a straw vote.
No vote, not even a straw vote, is planned for the executive session, Leibrecht sad, although he added that he can't be sure what individual bishops might propose after the private session begins.
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.
A straw vote of Pac-10 Conference schools was 8-2 against the 12-game schedule, De Carolis said.
That matter will be considered by the NCAA after this season ends, and if, as it seems likely, the schedule does go to 12 games after this two-season experiment, Moos said the Pac-10 athletic directors recently held a straw vote that went 8-2 in favor of adding a ninth league game to the schedules, so that teams would never miss each other.
We asked both candidates if they had an objection to the straw vote and neither one said anything.
The Sherman Oaks group is generally considered a hotbed of secessionists, so it came as somewhat of a surprise at last week's meeting when several homeowners stood to question his role in the two organizations and to call for a straw vote of whether members really support secession.
He expected a straw vote to be taken on the issue today, with VCOG scheduled to meet again May 24 and June 28.