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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True, Mr Bolsonaro’s approval rating of 33% in early July was the lowest since 1990 for any president after six months in office, according to Datafolha, a pollster. The Economist, "Jair Bolsonaro has given up on his anti-graft crusade," 25 July 2019 According to the pollster, no other senator as seen their standing hurt more by Trump in their home state. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "Susan Collins’ popularity drops in poll of Maine residents," 18 July 2019 Only three contenders register in double digits when pollsters ask Democratic voters to name their top pick. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "20 for 2020: Dual Democratic debates in Miami could be defining or disastrous for presidential hopefuls," 24 June 2019 Two other pollsters, Tony Fabrizio and John McLaughlin, will remain with the campaign. Peter Baker, New York Times, "Trump Campaign to Purge Pollsters After Leak of Dismal Results," 16 June 2019 The former punk rocker employed an unconventional approach to his 2018 Senate campaign in Texas, nearly upsetting Republican Sen. Ted Cruz with a rebellious strategy that rejected pollsters, political consultants and scripted speeches. Alexandra Jaffe, The Seattle Times, "O’Rourke’s casual style to be tested by national campaign," 25 Mar. 2019 So even the best of the pollsters have a lot to learn. Quanta Magazine, "The Devil in the Polling Data," 11 Nov. 2016 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

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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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