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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.
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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

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

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

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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Despite damage done by the big business scandals of a few years ago, the polled executives perceived a business integrity comeback.
But the fact that the policies polled well became a powerful tool of persuasion for Clinton and his centrist aides to use.
Often tied to that was the need to build community support, in part by ensuring corporate responsibility and management accountability -- an issue raised by 12 percent of those polled.
Around 40 percent votes were polled at PS-112, Jhok Bilo Wali girls school, where 498 votes were polled out of 1280 in NA-151 till 1145 hours.
Only 80 votes were polled at female polling station No 83 in NA-149 while in PS-80 female polling station, 146 votes were cast out of 729.