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

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  • n. an unofficial vote taken to determine opinion on some issue


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. (Wiktionary)


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  • straw polls are bent out-of-shape?

    November 5, 2010