poll·​ster ˈpōl-stər How to pronounce pollster (audio)
: one that conducts a poll or compiles data obtained by a poll

Examples of pollster in a Sentence

he wouldn't tell the exit pollster whom he'd voted for
Recent Examples on the Web The center did not assign pollsters to parts of southern and central Gaza where Israeli tanks are stationed. Yasmine Salam, NBC News, 21 Mar. 2024 George Khalaf, a Republican pollster, said that the intensity of immigration has ticked up in recent years. The Arizona Republic, 19 Mar. 2024 One big issue is that, right now, response rates to pollsters’ queries are extremely low—one or two per cent, in many cases—and the people who do respond may not be representative voters. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 16 Mar. 2024 But the pollsters found that Garvey has successfully corralled conservative voters to his camp. John Woolfolk, The Mercury News, 1 Mar. 2024 The same memo cited research by Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway, which found that 85% of respondents supported increasing access to the treatment. Zachary Folk, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 The portion of people who think Paris should maintain current levels of military help has fallen 9 points since last summer to 43%, according to a survey of 1,504 adults last week by pollster Elabe for BFM TV and La Tribune Dimanche newspaper. Samy Adghirni, Fortune Europe, 15 Mar. 2024 Polling in February by the Levada Center, one of Russia's only independent pollsters, showed an approval rating for Putin of over 80%, although fear of retaliation makes polling in Russia unreliable. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, 15 Mar. 2024 In a memo sent days before the election, David Binder, a pollster hired by Newsom’s campaign, suggested the PPIC polling was optimistic given low turnout and underperformance among Democrats. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pollster was in 1939

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“Pollster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollster. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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poll·​ster ˈpōl-stər How to pronounce pollster (audio)
: one that conducts a poll or collects data obtained by a poll

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