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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 straw vote was not taken, but board members made it clear they want to resolve the hearing soon, and advised Brady Sullivan to fix things with Weetabix by November.
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.
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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.
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He raised little money, but surprised many when he came out on top in a straw vote among members of the union that represents deputies.
The union has not yet decided whether the straw vote will result in a formal endorsement of a candidate.
Public agencies like this should err on the side of conducting the public business in public, and any kind chicanery of a straw vote undermines public confidence,'' said Rohde, a board member of the local American Civil Liberties Union branch.
General manager Charley Casserly of Washington disagreed, citing a straw vote of the coaches in which only three were opposed - Bill Parcells of the New York Jets, Marv Levy of Buffalo and Tony Dungy of Tampa Bay.
But the straw vote is not necessarily a barometer of member sentiment.
Responses from several parishes varied in forms ranging from a one-page poll with each parishioner listing his or her signature as for or against the resolution, to lengthy statements that were subject to straw votes and approval by parish councils.