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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.
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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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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In the case of a straw poll, Coughlan (2000) shows that, for the parameters used here, there is a fully informative equilibrium in which all players reveal their signals on the straw vote, that is, [[sigma].sub.0](i) = 0, and [[sigma].sub.0](g) = 1.
The straw votes took place at a special council meeting, and some concern was raised about what changes might occur if the charter was rewritten.
Pangilinan said the candidates were selected through a straw vote. Keh added that a candidate had to obtain a "70 percent threshold from all those voting from private organizations, the academe and politics" to be able to gain their endorsement.
Planning Board member Douglas Price, who has been against the project due to its housing element, urged his fellow board members to take a straw vote, just to see how things were looking for Brady Sullivan.
The South University Neighborhood Association has not taken an official stand on the arena but opposed it in a straw vote, and the group's president said members will follow the project closely.
No vote, not even a straw vote, is planned for the executive session, Leibrecht sad, although he added that he can't be sure what individual bishops might propose after the private session begins.
A one-acre vacant parcel on the southeast corner of Kirchoff Road and Owl Drive -- kitty-corner from city hall -- will remain in city hands after aldermen deadlocked in a 2-2 straw vote. It's the remaining undeveloped parcel from the Wellington Riverwalk development of retail and residential buildings.
A straw vote of Pac-10 Conference schools was 8-2 against the 12-game schedule, De Carolis said.
That matter will be considered by the NCAA after this season ends, and if, as it seems likely, the schedule does go to 12 games after this two-season experiment, Moos said the Pac-10 athletic directors recently held a straw vote that went 8-2 in favor of adding a ninth league game to the schedules, so that teams would never miss each other.
Responses from several parishes varied in forms ranging from a one-page poll with each parishioner listing his or her signature as for or against the resolution, to lengthy statements that were subject to straw votes and approval by parish councils.
For these three findings votes (the guilt finding on the capital offense, the aggravating factors finding, and the balancing test finding), defense counsel should be wary of "straw votes." Straw votes are informal votes taken by members to see where they stand on the issues.
On the contrary, both were introduced as ordinary bills, noticed and heard in the usual way, put into subcommittees which were also noticed, and then, because they were important to balancing the budget, given straw votes in a noticed committee work session and proposed to the Finance Committee for the budget.
democratic process revealing ["Straw Votes," Notebook, November 2004].
His intervention, in October 1963, on the side of the moderators in the crisis over straw votes on the schema on the Church marked an important transition for the council.
After discussion, straw votes showed that Council favored imposing a requirement that every appointed position be set with a limit at the time of appointment; and that Council favored establishing a set of guidelines for the Executive Committee, Nominating Committee, and others making new nominations after two terms, thereby forcing individuals making appointments to search for new people.