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a seemingly unbiased telephone survey that is actually conducted by supporters of a particular candidate and disseminates negative information about an opponent.

an opinion poll done with loaded questions or offering negative information to sway the opinions of those polled
Usage Note

push-polling n

noun phrase

: It’s called a ”push poll” because the idea is to see whether certain ”information” can ”push” voters away from the opposition candidate to the candidate supported by the people paying for the poll (1990s+)


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