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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Republicans have been losing support among women and young people since before the Trump campaign, says Kristen Soltis Anderson, a GOP pollster. Rebecca Gale, Marie Claire, "Elise Stefanik Is Going to Bring Women Back to the GOP," 25 Mar. 2019 The poll results reflect a nation looking for more clarity about the course of the economy and in politics, said Micah Roberts, a Republican pollster who worked on the survey with Democrat Fred Yang. Aaron Zitner, WSJ, "Americans Have Mixed Feelings About Economy, Trump Presidency, WSJ/NBC News Poll Finds," 16 Dec. 2018 The results could not be clearer about making a change in direction from Trump's policies,’ explained Bill McInturff, the Republican pollster who helps conduct the NBC/WSJ survey. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Moral anchors aweigh on Kavanaugh, Rosenstein," 24 Sep. 2018 Democratic pollster Celinda Lake showed me polling that had married men voting 51 percent Republican and 48 percent Democrat, but their wives voted 54 percent Democrat and just 44 Republican, a notable marital break from prior elections. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The suburbs abandoned Republicans in 2018, and they might not be coming back.," 26 Dec. 2018 Some voters might refuse to acknowledge support of controversial politicians to pollsters while still voting for them. Ryan Lloyd, Vox, "Pollin’ ain’t easy: why did Brazilian pollsters go so badly astray in 2018?," 26 Oct. 2018 As no candidate is forecast to win 50% of the vote, it's expected that Sunday's election will result in a June 17 runoff -- likely between Petro and Duque, according to pollsters. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Colombia's presidential elections viewed a referendum on FARC peace deal," 27 May 2018 Two pollsters, Gallup and Quinnipiac University, find that Americans have become keener on gun control. The Economist, "Gun massacres seem to change minds," 26 May 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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