popularity contest


: a contest or situation in which the person who wins or is most successful is the one who is most popular rather than the one who is most skillful, qualified, etc.
The election was just a popularity contest. Voters didn't really care about the issues.
often used to say that someone or something is not popular
After laying off hundreds of workers, the company isn't going to win any popularity contests around here.

Examples of popularity contest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is always going to be a flash-and-fame popularity contest. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 25 Jan. 2024 Because his very identity—as his family’s protector, the redeemer of its name and the breaker of its curse—is bound to the prospect of his sons’ successes in the ring, his professional favor is also a paternal popularity contest. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 20 Dec. 2023 The race for delegates is not a popularity contest. ABC News, 29 Oct. 2023 If the Grammys are a popularity contest, then potential rap category nominees will have to contend with major records from Gunna, Travis Scott and DJ Khaled. Steven J. Horowitz, Variety, 12 Oct. 2023 The valedictorian didn't win the popularity contest. Frank Markus, Car and Driver, 31 Aug. 2023 For many years, U.S. News has been criticized for incorporating physician opinion in its rankings, causing many to object that providers with big names enjoyed an unfair advantage, likening the honor roll to a popularity contest. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Aug. 2023 Trending Videos If the seasons had a popularity contest, fall would take first place. Karen Ruffini, Travel + Leisure, 26 July 2023 Since All-Star voting can turn into a popularity contest skewed by who has more home games — and a chance to campaign for a player — leading up to the deadline, Jung may be at a disadvantage. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 18 June 2023 See More

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“Popularity contest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popularity%20contest. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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