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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VoteCast results cannot be reliably compared to the results of previous exit polls, as the two surveys use different methodologies to poll the electorate. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "AP VoteCast: Trump a dominant force on voters’ minds," 7 Nov. 2018 An exit poll from news outlet El Financiero put López Obrador’s support at 49 percent — 22 points ahead of this closest rival, Ricardo Anaya of a left-right coalition. David Agren, USA TODAY, "Mexico elects left-leaning populist as president by wide margin," 2 July 2018 His opponents conceded before any actual results were released, based on exit polls showing the firebrand populist’s commanding lead. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wins Mexico's presidential election in a massive landslide," 2 July 2018 Of the roughly 650,000 black women who voted in Florida, 18% chose Mr. DeSantis, according to CNN’s exit poll of 3,108 voters. William Mattox, WSJ, "‘School Choice Moms’ Tipped the Governor’s Florida Race," 20 Nov. 2018 The cable networks gave attention to late-afternoon exit polls that seemed to indicate this year’s vote would be a repudiation of Trump. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Midterm coverage was a roller-coaster ride of dips and dives," 7 Nov. 2018 Other exit polls projected that Lopez Obrador's left-wing Morena party would win governorships in the states of Chiapas, Morelos, Tabasco and Veracruz, as well as the race for head of government in Mexico City. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Left-wing candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador set to win Mexico presidential election as rivals concede," 2 Oct. 2018 Per 2016 exit polls: In 2016, 21% of voters said that appointments to the Supreme Court were the NUMBER ONE factor motivating their presidential vote. Carrie Dann, NBC News, "Some SCOTUS numbers to keep in mind," 27 June 2018 Networks quoted exit polls that showed two-thirds of voters had made up their minds more than a month ago. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Midterm coverage was a roller-coaster ride of dips and dives," 7 Nov. 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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