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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The last time two Democrats faced off in the general election, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris and then-congresswoman Loretta Sanchez in 2016, exit polls showed a whopping 35 percent of Republicans didn’t vote in the race. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "Why Kevin de León thinks he can beat Dianne Feinstein," 7 June 2018 For instance, according to Election Day exit polls, 80 percent of white evangelicals supported Donald Trump. Janelle Wong, Washington Post, "This is why white evangelicals still support Donald Trump. (It’s not economic anxiety.)," 19 June 2018 State television reported an exit poll from Sunday’s vote showing the Islamist party Ennahdha in the lead, followed by President Beji Caid Essebsi’s secular moderate party, Nida Tounes. Bouazza Ben Bouazza, BostonGlobe.com, "Islamists expect gains in Tunisia regional elections," 7 May 2018 The company conducted an exit poll for Rokos, according to Curtice and another knowledgeable source. Cam Simpson, Bloomberg.com, "Brexit’s Big Short: How Pollsters Helped Hedge Funds Beat the Crash," 25 June 2018 In 2016, according to exit polls, women under the age of 30 voted for Hillary Clinton by a 63/31 margin. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Gigantic Gender Gap Opening Up Among Younger Voters," 21 June 2018 In fact, according to exit polls, 8% of voters in the Republican primary were Democrats. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "If the country used California's weird primary system, Trump probably wouldn't be President," 2 June 2018 According to the exit polls, all four of the country’s provinces, including Connacht and Ulster, where a more rural and older population had been expected to back retention of the ban, instead voted to repeal it. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "Ireland’s Vote to Legalize Abortion Reflects a Nation in Transition," 26 May 2018 About 50 percent of the Democratic electorate in the state's presidential primary in 2016 was black, according to exit polls, with white voters making up less than 40 percent. NBC News, "The Stacey v. Stacey fight comes to a head, as Georgia Democrats choose a strategy for the Trump era," 20 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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