straw vote

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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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In Appendix B we fully characterize and compute the symmetric quantal response equilibrium correspondence for the three-person unanimous jury game with a straw vote. The characterization of the majority rule QRE correspondence is similar and is not included in the appendix.