- an unofficial vote taken to obtain an indication of the general trend of opinion on a particular issue.
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Then he caused a straw-vote to be taken among a selected list of thousands of his subscribers in large cities and in small towns.The Americanization of Edward Bok
Edward William Bok
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]