Gallup poll


a representative sampling of public opinion or public awareness concerning a certain subject or issue.

Origin of Gallup poll

First recorded in 1935–40; after G. H. Gallup Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gallup polls

Gallup Poll


a sampling by the American Institute of Public Opinion or its British counterpart of the views of a representative cross section of the population, used esp as a means of forecasting voting

Word Origin for Gallup Poll

C20: named after George Horace Gallup (1901–84), US statistician
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Word Origin and History for gallup polls

Gallup poll

1940, from George H. Gallup (1901-1984), U.S. journalist and statistician, who in 1935 set up the American Institute of Public Opinion.

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gallup polls in Culture

Gallup polls


Surveys of public opinion as conducted by George Gallup, an American who developed a quantitative method of polling public opinion. Since his death in 1984, Gallup's organization, the American Institute of Public Opinion, has continued to poll Americans on topics ranging from television-watching habits to support for presidential candidates.

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