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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.
See also: poll, straw

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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"Consumers Union's most important asset--financial and otherwise--is its reputation for integrity and objectivity," said Poller. "Why we'd risk all that to fabricate tests on a small SUV made by Suzuki is to me highly counterintuitive and itself fabricated."
"There is an actual customer who has purchased an item before the investment is made to manufacture that item," says Bob Poller, CFO.
Judith Nelson, former judge of compensation claims, and Marsha Bilzin, formerly of Camner, Lipsitz & Poller, P.A., have become mediators with Center for Conflict Resolution, with offices at 12000 Biscayne Blvd., Ste.
At the time, after a sexual abuse case was reported to police, the victim was taken to one of four Chicago-area hospitals for treatment, said John Poller, the new center's director of policy and communications.
Designed to meet the rigorous standards for off-site calculations outlined in API Chapter 21 Section 1.5.1.2, the AutoSCAN Poller will perform this integration as data is retrieved from the AutoGRAPH.
Peter Campbell looks at the fleet for this year's event, weather-whizz Ken Ball tells us what winds to look for, and top naviguesser Ian "Buggs" Poller tells us what not to hit on the way.
Poller and Michaeli [15] studied the effects of plug and film temperatures on wall thickness.
343 (1996); Jeri Poller. Government Forfeiture of Collateral: Mortgages and the Innocent Lien Holder Defense.
When the first three volumes were written in 1978, the ruling standard was the Supreme Court's Poller formulation that summary judgment is "disfavored" in antitrust litigation.(22) Areeda and Turner then argued for a contrary rule--characteristically, by showing that summary judgment would have been appropriate in Poller and other cases even on the criteria that the Court purported to apply.(23) Beginning, of course, with Matsushita the Supreme Court fundamentally reversed the presumption.(24) Today the federal courts are much more willing to grant summary judgment in antitrust cases than they were 20 years ago--an outcome that is only slightly altered by the 1992 Kodak decision.(25)
Leah Poller, an American artist who is also Director of Worldwide Contact Gallery in Washington, D.C., shares this opinion.
This network management program was so successful that, three years later, Union Carbide enhanced the system's capabilities by replacing the multiplexer with an NP 9000 Network Poller, also manufactured by Com Dev.
Organisers Michelle Poller and Michael Allen, from Gosforth, were inspired to set up Nethermined after their teenage daughter Mia-Paris Allen threw herself into the game.
Organisers Michelle Poller and Michael Allen, from Gosforth, were inspired to set up Nethermind after their teenage daughter, Mia-Paris Allen, threw herself into the game.