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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.
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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]
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Our efforts to compute the symmetric quantal response equilibrium correspondence for majority rule juries with a straw vote were unsuccessful.
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.
Pangilinan said the candidates were selected through a straw vote.
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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.
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.
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.