an unofficial poll or vote taken to determine the opinion of a group or the public on some issue
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How to use straw poll in a sentence
Most of it is taken up by a graphic inviting the visitor to participate in the 2016 online presidential straw poll.
Many of them want Ted Cruz, who won the Values Voter straw poll.
Firebrand conservative Senator Ted Cruz won a straw poll of grassroots activists at the Republican Leadership Conference.
After a public forum and a straw poll, it settled on J.D. Winteregg, a 32-year-old teacher from Troy, Ohio.
Well, Senator Rand Paul last weekend won the straw poll at CPAC, so I guess that means he is now the 2016 front-runner.
Cultural definitions for straw poll
Originally, a small, informal opinion survey. Today, a straw poll is generally a large-scale, scientifically determined public opinion survey based on a random sample of the population. Straw polls are commonly used to test public opinion of candidates running for office.
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