Straw Poll Articles


Play Our Iowa Caucus Prediction Game!

Where will you bet your 100 chips?
3:32 PM, Jan 26, 2016
Yesterday, in the boss's newsletter Kristol Clear (sign up here for free!) we sent out a new twist on our traditional newsletter straw poll: A prediction market game. Read more

Cruz Rises to Top in Kristol Clear Straw Poll

Plus, the boss reports on his trip to Iowa.
2:00 PM, Dec 07, 2015
In the seventh iteration of the Kristol Clear Newsletter straw poll, Ted Cruz pulls off his first win. Read more

Kristol Clear Straw Poll #7

...and a college football playoff challenge!
5:00 PM, Dec 02, 2015

In this week's edition of the boss's email newsletter -- Kristol Clear -- readers are asked to rank their top three picks for the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee. And this time he's added a special (optional) college football playoff game.

The boss writes:


The GOP presidential race has gone too long without guidance from TWS readers, and God knows it needs guidance...so it's time for a survey.

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Rubio Rises in TWS Straw Poll

Trump falls, Fiorina, Cruz, and Carson move up.
12:23 PM, Sep 07, 2015
In the boss's weekly newsletter (sign up here!), released this morning, he revealed the results of the sixth non-scientific straw poll of TWS readers.


Here are the results in an excerpt:


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Kristol Clear Straw Poll #5

9:34 AM, Jul 28, 2015

In this week's edition of the boss's email newsletter -- Kristol Clear -- readers are asked to rank their top three picks for the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee. The boss writes:

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Kristol Clear Straw Poll: June Edition

2:39 PM, Jun 16, 2015

In this week's edition of the boss's email newsletter -- Kristol Clear -- readers are asked to rank their top three picks for the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee. The boss writes:

With Jeb Bush's entry into the race, it's a good time to get an update on what you think of the Republican presidential race. You know the drill: As of now, who are your first, second, and third choices among these declared and likely-to-declare candidates? ...

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Rubio, Walker Dominate TWS Broadmoor Summit Straw Poll

1:44 PM, May 18, 2015

Late last week, hundreds of dedicated WEEKLY STANDARD readers flocked to Colorado Springs to attend the magazine's yearly summit at the Broadmoor resort.

There, the boss conducted a straw poll for the event's attendees. Here's a summary of the results from today's Kristol Clear newsletter (which you can sign up for here):

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Kristol Podcast: TWS Summit Poll Results

Hosted by Michael Graham.
12:20 PM, May 18, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the TWS Summit at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and who fared well (Rubio, Walker) and who didn't (Kasich, Cruz) in the summit's straw poll.

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Kristol Clear 2016 Straw Poll Round Three

2:45 PM, Apr 20, 2015

Today, writing in his weekly "Kristol Clear" newsletter, the boss sent around an updated straw poll to gauge who readers think, at this point, should be the 2016 GOP nominee.

He writes:

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Kristol Clear 2016 Straw Poll Round Two

4:54 PM, Feb 24, 2015

Yesterday, writing in his weekly "Kristol Clear" newsletter, the boss sent around an updated straw poll to gauge who readers think, at this point, should be the 2016 GOP nominee.

He writes:

Several weeks ago, I asked for your (tentative, of course) GOP presidential preferences. I asked, if your state primary were tomorrow, who would you vote for? And who would be your second and third choices?

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Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll With 31%

Rand Paul: 'Onwards to victory!'
5:56 PM, Mar 08, 2014

Rand Paul is the winner of the CPAC straw poll. As Stephen Dinan and Seth McLaughlin report:

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A No Confidence Vote in Orlando

7:01 PM, Sep 24, 2011

Having watched the debate Thursday night, and having heard the candidates speak and having mingled with them over the subsequent couple of days, 70 percent of the activists attending the Florida Republican gathering this weekend cast a vote of no confidence in the two GOP frontrunners.

So, with all the usual caveats about not over-interpreting straw polls, I’d suggest:

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Herman Cain Wins Florida Straw Poll (Updated)

5:48 PM, Sep 24, 2011

Herman Cain won today's Florida Republican party straw poll with 37.1 percent of the vote. Rick Perry came in second at 15.4 percent, with Mitt Romney not far behind in third at 14 percent. Michele Bachmann, who won last month's straw poll in Ames, Iowa, came in last today with only 1.5 percent. Here are the full results:

Herman Cain, 37.1%
Rick Perry, 15.4%
Mitt Romney, 14%
Rick Santorum, 10.9%
Ron Paul, 10.4%
Newt Gingrich, 8.4%
Jon Huntsman, 2.3%
Michele Bachmann, 1.5%

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