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go to the polls

To cast one's vote in an election. Analysts have predicted a landslide victory for her, but we won't know for sure until the country goes to the polls.
See also: go, poll

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

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

take a straw poll

To conduct an unofficial vote, poll, or survey to gauge the voting public's opinion of an issue or a political candidate. After taking the latest straw poll, the incumbent president is placed well ahead of his opponent. However, it's eight weeks until the election, and a lot can happen in that time.
See also: poll, straw, take

go to the polls

to go to a place to vote; to vote. What day do we go to the polls? Our community goes to the polls in November.
See also: go, poll

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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Before the polling starts, the sample data and all relevant data will be reviewed by the candidates' representatives and by the primary poll committee.
"The exit polls are found to be more accurate when it comes to forecasting state legislative assembly elections.
Stein's pinnacle of nearly 7 points came in (http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2016/images/06/21/rel7b.-.2016.general.pdf) late June , and like Johnson, her poll numbers dropped as the election grew closer.
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The Election Commission had this month banned the publication and dissemination of exit polls of any kind from April 7, the first phase of Lok Sabha elections, till May 12 when the last phase of the polling ends.
DECEMBER 2004: Poll allows Thierry Henry to take a quick free-kick in the 2-2 Premiership draw between Arsenal and Chelsea as the Blues are still building their wall.
He serves as project manager for Behavioural and Market Research International and for the Centre for Leadership and Governance, and coordinates the fieldwork for the national Stone Polls.
To attract more media attention, CHS also established a special CHS Reporterville media-by-invitation Web site to help raise awareness of the company and experts, and to position the Gallup poll results in more depth.
Finally, voters need advance training as do poll workers.
The poll also found that 42 percent said the war in Iraq was the "moral issue" that most influenced their vote.
In others, recent events suggest that poll workers may wrongly turn away voters.
And poll after poll show the two candidates oscillating within a few percentage points of one another.
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