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