Is there any term in English for describing a majority that is equal to or greater than 90% ?

Let's say out of 100 classmates 97 voted for John to be the class leader. What would be the right term to describe such a great percentage of those who voted for John?

Until today I thought that the correct term was "absolute majority", but having read the Wikipedia article just now, I realized that absolute majority is merely 50% of voters voting "in favor" plus one more "in favor" vote.

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    Significant, overwhelming. – Hot Licks Sep 2 '17 at 11:42
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    The vast majority – GEdgar Sep 2 '17 at 12:23
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    Most of these answers seem inadequate. "Overwhelming", "significant", even "vast" could refer to percentages somewhat below the 90% that @brilliant was asking about. I would call 70% "overwhelming". I would call 60% "significant". "Vast" is better, but I would definitely regard (say) 75% as being the "vast" majority. I think if it was 97/100 then you should say "virtually everyone" or "almost the entirety" or (if the group is of a hundred people) you could refer to "near-unanimity". (If the group is very large, though then even 97% is far from unanimous.) Or you can say "nine-tenths". – rjpond Sep 6 '17 at 22:45

One suitable and often-used phrase is landslide majority.

  1. An overwhelming majority of votes for one party in an election.
    ‘winning the election by a landslide’
    [as modifier] ‘a landslide victory’


Of course, overwhelming and its synonyms (as used by Oxford) will also be relevant.

The term super-majority is also heard, but that's different: that is the requirement for a greater majority than merely 50%+1 — for example, requiring a two-thirds majority or some even larger proportion.

  • However, this usage (as far as I know, and as mentioned in the quote) is only applied to the outcome of elections. It would not apply (again, as far as i know) to the passage of legislation or considerations of popular support. In this case, the "overwhelming majority" used in the quote would apply. – WhatRoughBeast Sep 2 '17 at 16:41
  • It's a good answer, except that the questioner seemed to have in mind a situation where the winner received 90%+ or maybe even 97% of the vote... whereas receiving a mere two-thirds of the vote could easily qualify as a landslide victory. (Indeed, receiving 40% of the vote could be called a landslide victory if it resulted in a large majority in terms of seats.) – rjpond Sep 6 '17 at 22:47

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