Definition of straw poll noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


straw poll

BrE BrE//ˌstrɔː ˈpəʊl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌstrɔː ˈpoʊl//
(North American English also straw vote) Elections
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an occasion when a number of people are asked in an informal way to give their opinion about something or to say how they are likely to vote in an election I took a quick straw poll among my colleagues to see how many agreed. It’s only a straw poll, but it suggests that most people are in favour of stricter regulations. See related entries: Elections
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: straw poll