straw poll


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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

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
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The power of these Washington elites won't be tamed, bent or broken by a candidate who relies on pollsters and tutors to tell him what he thinks," he told a capacity straw poll crowd numbering more than 24,000.
The straw poll counts as a major fundraiser for the state party, which under chairman Jeff Kaufmann has not been shy about reminding 2016 hopefuls why Iowa matters.
The loyalty of Ron Paul's supporters is acknowledged even by his opponents," Fox News Channel reporter Carl Cameron said after the straw poll results were announced.
Winning the straw poll is taken as evidence that a campaign has organizational capabilities, money or both.
Paul won the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year.
When the ballot is further re-calculated to reflect only the currently declared candidates (thus excluding not only Gingrich but also Thompson and Chuck Hagel), Giuliani is supported by 39% of Republicans, Romney by 17%, McCain by 15%, and Mike Huckabee -- who finished second in the Iowa straw poll -- by 7%.
Romney has described the Iowa straw poll as "an important test of strength" for his campaign organization in the state where the first presidential caucus will be held before the New Hampshire primary early next year.
Ban was the front-runner in all the three straw polls conducted since July, and became the only candidate to get a clear majority in the latest one Thursday.
LAKE JACKSON, Texas -- After receiving news that he won the 2011 Presidential Preference Straw Poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Congressman Ron Paul issued the following statement:
The fact that the top votegetters in this year's CHQ straw poll are young limited government constitutional conservatives bodes well for Republican chances in 2016," said Viguerie.
Sarah Palin on the Iowa Republican straw poll ballot.
Nicolas Cage and Susan Sarandon have won a new Oscar straw poll operated by Moviefone - Cage as best actor for "Leaving Las Vegas" and Sarandon as best actress for "Dead Man Walking.
The first debate, which will coincide with the Iowa Straw Poll, will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2011.
11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday one of the first major presidential straw poll events of the 2016 election cycle will be held at FRC Action's eighth annual Values Voter Summit.
Americans for Rick Perry, an independent group hoping to "draft" the Texas governor into the White House race, had hoped to snag a prominent booth promoting Perry at the Iowa Straw Poll, one of the first major cattle call events of the 2012 campaign.