Word forms: straw polls
countable noun A straw poll is the unofficial questioning of a group of people to find out their opinion about something. ⇒ A straw poll conducted at the end of the meeting found most people agreed with Mr Forth. ⇒ Many parents wouldn't dream of buying the stuff for their daughters anyway, as a straw poll among my friends and acquaintances demonstrated.
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