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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Results from voters in the random sample guide the pollsters in assessing and weighting results from the online panel. Aaron Zitner, WSJ, "Poll Uses Novel Method to Learn Who Voted and Why," 6 Nov. 2018 What the pollster told me is that while that there is an element of that that's happening with independents, what happened is because the Democrats are running people that are so far extreme to the left, wanting to abolish ICE, socialism for all. Fox News, "Democrats threaten to investigate Kavanaugh after midterms," 21 Sep. 2018 One morning earlier this week, Koczela, the pollster, retweeted an announcement that there would be no decision from the Supreme Judicial Court. Joshua Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "If it’s 8 a.m., the most powerful people in Mass. are checking this Twitter account (and no, it’s not @realDonaldTrump)," 14 June 2018 Imagine what the pollsters are finding in 2018, after more than a year of tweets by our media-bashing, climate-change-denying bully pulpiteer. Judith Shulevitz, New York Times, "Is Our Obsession With Wellness Doing Us In?," 11 June 2018 Even more troubling, opposition to the tax law has been growing each month, the pollsters found. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Vice President Mike Pence defends Trump tax cuts at Tempe event," 1 May 2018 Jefrey Pollock, a pollster for Mr. Cuomo, gave a presentation about messaging in upcoming races, and the governor emphasized the need for Democratic allies to work together in 2018. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, "Democrats in New York State Senate Reconcile After Years of Infighting," 4 Apr. 2018 The unofficial counts, made by pollsters tabulating ballots at a sampling of the hundreds of thousands of ballot stations, are designed to have a 1% margin of error and have proven accurate in the past. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Islamist Losses in Local Polls Ease Pressure on Indonesia's President," 27 June 2018 Focus groups by reputable pollsters such as Levada find that 80 percent approve of the activities of the current president, seeing him as a symbol of Russia resurgent. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "How a Russian meme shed lights on what to expect from Putin's fourth term | Trudy Rubin," 4 May 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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