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
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Harkening to Bachmann's victory last year, Branstad told the Journal, "I don't think candidates will spend the time or money to participate in a straw poll if they don't see any real benefit coming out of it." He may be right, but the odds are by August 2015, after a post-election layoff of more than two and a half years, the traditional media frenzy will resume.
He managed only a fifth-place finish in the Iowa Straw Poll and was supported by 3% of Republicans in Gallup's latest trial heat poll.
We address the following questions: whether players vote strategically, whether unanimity rule leads to more incorrect convictions than majority rule, how this varies with group size, and whether the effects of a straw poll are the same as those predicted by Coughlan (2000).
As you can see, Dan Quayle fared the worst in the straw poll. In fact, 90 percent of straw polled admitted that, even if they were registered, they would not vote for him.
George W Bush scored a convincing victory in an Iowa straw poll, passing an early test of political potency that could unravel other Republican presidential campaigns.
His name does not even appear in a news report about the potential presidential candidates who attracted votes in a straw poll taken at the 26th annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
Begin with the Iowa Republican "straw poll." Good, harmless, nonbinding fun, you may say.
Invariably when I take a straw poll of paddlers, sailors, water skiers, or power boaters, half the people in any given group say they received their first taste of boating in a camp setting.
In October, BLACK ENTERPRISE conducted a straw poll of CBC members and found only one staunch NAFTA supporter: Rep.
Irina Bokova, the Bulgarian candidacy, slumped to the "fifth position" (by number of encourage votes) in the previous straw poll early in September, down from the third place in an earlier vote, with her performance fuelling speculation the Bulgarian government might raise instead the nomination of Kristalina Georgieva, the EU Commission Vice President for Budget and Human Resources.Sofia said Bokova would remain the Bulgarian candidate, but gave hear a "deadline" until September 26 to improve her standing in the straw poll where former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres and Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak currently have the best results.Some sources consider Georgieva to be a possible "late entry" in the race.
The race to become the next UN chief gathers pace on Friday with a second straw poll that could spring surprises and prompt some candidates to end their bid to become the world's top diplomat.
As Hawkeye State Republicans scramble to keep the Iowa Straw Poll relevant, the two White House hopefuls from Texas are keeping their options open - at least publicly.
In a straw poll believed to be the first to survey voter opinion for the Virginia 10th Congressional District race to replace retiring U.
There were 23 names on the straw poll ballot, including two Republican governors who were not invited to attend - Christie and Bob McDonnell of Virginia.
A straw poll on the Telegraph's website - www.coventrytelegraph.