poll·​ster | \ ˈpōl-stər How to pronounce pollster (audio) \

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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To bring this viewpoint home, the Trump campaign recently fired its internal pollsters after their work, showing the president losing in key battleground states, leaked to the press. oregonlive.com, "Despite missteps, Joe Biden continues to lead poll; Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders look to take advantage," 25 June 2019 The president’s reelection campaign recently cut ties with many of its own pollsters after leaked internal polling showed Biden beating Trump in several key battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Florida. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump: ‘Surprise’ question about Pence led him to hesitate," 24 June 2019 The president's re-election campaign recently cut ties with many of its own pollsters after leaked internal polling showed Biden beating Trump in several key battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Florida. chicagotribune.com, "President Trump says he’d rather face Joe Biden, isn’t prepared to lose," 23 June 2019 His own internal polls this spring showed him losing badly in key states, prompting him to first deny their existence and later to fire some of his pollsters. Peter Baker, New York Times, "Four Years Ago Trump Was Seen as a Sideshow. Now He Is the Show.," 17 June 2019 According to Latinobarometro, a pollster, of the Latin Americans who eat only one meal a day, one out of three still contrives to use a smartphone. The Economist, "How the world’s poor are discovering leisure online," 8 June 2019 Three friends and a pollster walk into a bar and discuss the upcoming election. Alexander Strang, The Conversation, "Math explains why the Democrats may have trouble picking a candidate," 20 June 2019 Trump's campaign parted ways over the weekend with three of its pollsters after internal results leaked showing the president trailing Biden in states across the country. al.com, "Trump launches reelection bid with familiar themes, redoubling focus on his most avid backers," 19 June 2019 One problem is that Trump doesn’t get full credit for the economy, said Frank Luntz, a Republican pollster. Shannon Pettypiece, Fortune, "Trump Should Be a Shoo-in for 2020, But Low Approval Holds Him Back," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of pollster

1939, in the meaning defined above

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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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