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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Despite the assurances of pundits and pollsters that Wisconsin, which had not gone for a Republican presidential candidate since 1984, was part of Clinton’s impregnable blue wall, Donald Trump carried the state. Glenn C. Altschuler, Philly.com, "'Fall of Wisconsin': Why Dems lose, and keep on losing," 13 July 2018 Over email, Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson suggested that polarization is part of the answer. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The messy reality of Donald Trump’s poll numbers," 5 July 2018 Nearly every pollster interviewed emphasized one point: Women running for office are benefiting just as much from male voters as female voters. Alex Roarty, Anchorage Daily News, "Why women are dominating Democratic primaries," 30 June 2018 In parliamentary balloting, his party did better than all pollsters forecast, winning 11 percent of the vote. Cagan Koc, Bloomberg.com, "Erdogan's Nationalist Ally Publishes Media Hate-List After Vote," 26 June 2018 Few pollsters have measured attitudes about impeaching Trump, but a recent Quinnipiac University poll reported a drop in support for even beginning the impeachment process if Democrats take control of the U.S. House. Bryan Anderson, sacbee, "'There's something really rotten here': Impeach Trump effort divides California Democrats," 21 June 2018 López Obrador's triumph extended to both houses of Congress, where his National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) party and its partners are seen winning 61 percent of seats in the 500-member lower house, projections by pollster Consulta Mitofsky show. Gabriel Stargardter And Miguel Gutierrez, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mexico's López Obrador will dominate Congress, with record female contingent," 5 July 2018 Their success has intrigued Democratic pollsters, who say the data offer no singular explanations for this phenomenon. Alex Roarty, Anchorage Daily News, "Why women are dominating Democratic primaries," 30 June 2018 Survation, along with at least one other pollster, saw other opportunities. Cam Simpson, Bloomberg.com, "Brexit’s Big Short: How Pollsters Helped Hedge Funds Beat the Crash," 25 June 2018

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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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