poll·​ster | \ ˈpōl-stər \

Definition of pollster

: one that conducts a poll or compiles data obtained by a poll

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Synonyms & Antonyms for pollster


canvasser (also canvaser), interviewer, poller


interviewee, pollee, respondent

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Examples of pollster in a Sentence

he wouldn't tell the exit pollster whom he'd voted for

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There are just too many races, too few pollsters, and the statistical problem of figuring out what counts as a meaningful sample of likely voters in small states and idiosyncratic districts. Evan Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "You think the Democrats are poised to retake the House? Think again," 5 June 2018 Pro-European Union politician Milo Djukanovic has won Montenegro's presidential elections with 53.9% of the vote, according to pollster the Centre for Monitoring and Research CeMI . Jacob Mcadams, Houston Chronicle, "COCISD voters return one trustee, replace another," 6 May 2018 Those are the consultants in Washington and pollsters. Fox News, "Women who know Kavanaugh respond to allegations against him," 17 Sep. 2018 But pollsters have yet to adjust—and politicians still listen to them. Sarah Jaffe, New Republic, "The New Working Class," 22 Feb. 2018 Almost 90 percent of Russians opposed the pension overhaul, the pollster found, and opposition politicians seized on the plan to galvanize their supporters. Amie Ferris-rotman, The Seattle Times, "Vladimir Putin is now a reality TV star," 3 Sep. 2018 Of course, there’s a substantial caveat here — Harvard pollsters aren’t saying 40 percent of America’s young voters will definitely get out and vote on Tuesday. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Young people say they plan to vote at near-historic highs," 6 Nov. 2018 The resulting tensions have in turn fed the perception of a government too busy tackling in-house disputes to govern, pollsters say. Andrea Thomas, WSJ, "German Coalition Party Pulls Out of Deal on Spy Chief," 21 Sep. 2018 There was something punk rock about Bobby Kennedy not going where the pollsters said or where consultants said. Matt Viser, Town & Country, "Why So Many People Are Betting on Beto O'Rourke," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of pollster

1939, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pollster was in 1939

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English Language Learners Definition of pollster

: someone who makes questions for a poll, asks questions in a poll, or collects and presents results from a poll

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to deny responsibility for

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