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Princeton's WordNet

  1. straw vote, straw poll(noun)

    an unofficial vote taken to determine opinion on some issue


  1. straw poll(Noun)

    A survey of opinion which is unofficial, casual, or ad hoc.

  2. Origin: It may allude to a straw (thin plant stalk) held up to see in what direction the wind blows, in this case, the wind of group opinion.


  1. Straw poll

    A straw poll or straw vote is a vote with nonbinding results. Straw polls provide dialogue among movements within large groups. In meetings subject to rules of order, impromptu straw polls often are taken to see if there is enough support for an idea to devote more meeting time to it, and for the attendees to see who is on which side of a question. However, Robert's Rules of Order prohibits straw polls, calling them "meaningless and dilatory" because they subvert the deliberative charge of deliberative bodies. Among political bodies, straw polls often are scheduled for events at which many people interested in the polling question can be expected to vote. Sometimes polls conducted without ordinary voting controls in place are also called "straw polls". The idiom may allude to a straw held up to see in what direction the wind blows, in this case, the wind of group opinion.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of straw poll in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of straw poll in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of straw poll in a Sentence

  1. Matt Schlapp:

    His speech was well-received, but he didn't do that well in the straw poll.

  2. Jeff Kaufmann:

    Most people who come to the straw poll intuitively know that this is snapshot in time, they know the difference between a scientific poll.

  3. Craig Robinson:

    When you have a straw poll, it forces you to turn out people to an event. They make a bigger commitment of giving up their day in the summer to go vote for you at an event. Even though it doesn't matter, it's not binding, it forces you to organize early, it would have forced everyone to organize because the risk of not organizing is that you might get ejected from the race. Not having a straw poll hurt.

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