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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from exit poll

exit polling noun

Examples of exit poll in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

But ABC News and NBC News also sponsored some early exit polls, and since 1992 state primary exit polling has been organized by a consortium of media outlets. Steve Kornacki, NBC News, "Journey to power: The history of black voters, 1976 to 2020," 29 July 2019 His approval has declined in the rest of the state, according to both the Marquette data and the exit polls, which also showed the president holding firm in the Milwaukee area. Nate Cohn, New York Times, "Trump’s Electoral College Edge Could Grow in 2020, Rewarding Polarizing Campaign," 19 July 2019 In the 2016 election, exit polls indicated veterans supported Mr. Trump over Hillary Clinton. Jesse Naranjo, WSJ, "Trump’s Leadership of Military More Trusted by Veterans Than Public, Study Finds," 10 July 2019 Trump won independents in 2016, according to exit polls, by four points. Aaron Blake, The Denver Post, "Blake: More brutal 2020 poll numbers for Trump," 12 June 2019 Trump won independents in 2016, according to exit polls, by four points. oregonlive.com, "Washington Post Analysis: More brutal 2020 poll numbers for Trump," 11 June 2019 The 1998 exit polls, though, told a different and more boring story. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "1998 Was a Seinfeld Election—Not an Impeachment Referendum," 6 June 2019 Whites made up 71% of those who voted in 2016 and Trump won 57% of them, compared with 37% for Hillary Clinton, according to exit polls. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, "Trump is eager to draw Democrats into fight over his racist tweets," 16 July 2019 Indian markets cheered Monday as exit polls suggested Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set for another five years at the helm of Asia’s third-largest economy. Avantika Chilkoti, WSJ, "Indian Markets Rally on Modi Exit Poll Lead," 20 May 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'exit poll.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of exit poll

1976, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about exit poll

Statistics for exit poll

Last Updated

8 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for exit poll

The first known use of exit poll was in 1976

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for exit poll

exit poll


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

More from Merriam-Webster on exit poll

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with exit poll

Comments on exit poll

What made you want to look up exit poll? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to move or obtain by small maneuvers

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!