exit poll


Definition of exit poll

: a poll taken (as by news media) of voters leaving the voting place that is usually used for predicting the winners

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Examples of exit poll in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to one national exit poll, the shift in the Latino vote was modest: 31 percent of us voted for Donald Trump, three percentage points more than in 2016. Héctor Tobar, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 While there is no exit poll data, according to a New York Times map created from Board of Elections data, Yang performed well in the Chinese Americans parts of Queens and Manhattan. Lincoln Mitchell, CNN, 23 June 2021 Health care was voters’ second priority in the exit poll. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 1 May 2021 The exit poll did not ask about race relations in particular, but an October Kaiser Family Foundation poll did. Harry Enten, CNN, 25 Apr. 2021 The VoteCast exit poll found that 68% of Jews favored Biden and 64% of Muslims did so — roughly in line with past elections. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Nov. 2020 One exit poll found that the virus was the most important issue guiding more than 40 percent of voters. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, 10 Nov. 2020 Joe Biden won 57% of female voters in 2020, the largest share of any presidential candidate at least since 1980, according to exit poll data compiled by the Center for American Women and Politics. Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 Biden won the plurality of voters who said race relations was their top issue in every single primary in which an exit poll crosstab is available. Harry Enten, CNN, 25 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of exit poll

1976, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jul 2021

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“Exit poll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exit%20poll. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of exit poll

: a method of predicting the result of an election by asking people who they voted for as they leave the place where they voted


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