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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exit polling noun

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To better her odds, Ms. Nixon would need to winnow Mr. Cuomo’s strong support among black voters, who turned out in disproportionately large numbers in the 2014 primary, according to exit polls. New York Times, "Black Voters Have More Leverage in This Governor’s Race. They Mean to Use It.," 13 June 2018 The result: Democratic winner Ralph Northam received twice as many votes among people under 30 as Hillary Clinton did in the 2016 presidential election, exit polls indicated. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "Billionaire Tom Steyer endorses Kevin de León for Senate. Will money follow?," 18 Apr. 2018 His stance on immigration fueled his rise to the White House; 64 percent of voters who identified immigration as the most important issue facing the country voted for Trump, according to exit polls. Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post, "How Trump is changing the face of legal immigration," 2 July 2018 One-in-five voters that year cited the court as the most important factor in their vote, and most of them voted for Trump, according to exit polls. NBC News, "The vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick spells danger for this Democratic senator," 1 July 2018 Just 8 percent of blacks voted for him according to exit polls. Solomon Jones, Philly.com, "Non-voting blacks helped push Kavanaugh to Supreme Court | Solomon Jones," 11 July 2018 The exit poll said repeal was supported by 87.6% of voters 18-24 years old; 84.6% of voters 25-34 years old; 72.8% of voters 35-49 years old; and 63.7% of voters 50-64 years old. Hilary Clarke And Kara Fox, CNN, "Irish abortion referendum: Counting starts as exit polls show landslide in favor," 26 May 2018 If the exit polls are confirmed by the vote count, Ireland's government will seek to pass legislation that allows terminations during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Ireland on course to overturn abortion ban, exit polls show," 26 May 2018 The exit polls are predictions only, with official results expected Saturday afternoon. Bloomberg.com, "The Latest on Ireland’s Abortion Referendum," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of exit poll

1976, in the meaning defined above

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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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