From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpollpoll1 /pəʊl $ poʊl/ ●●○ W3 noun 1 [countable]ASK A QUESTION the process of finding out what people think about something by asking many people the same question, or the record of the result syn opinion poll, survey A recent poll found that 80% of Californians support the governor. Polls indicate that education is the top issue with voters. Labour is ahead in the polls. The latest public opinion poll showed that 25% of us consider ourselves superstitious.conduct/carry out/do a poll a poll conducted by ‘USA Today’poll on a poll on eating habitspoll of a poll of 1,000 people2 → go to the polls3 [singular]PPVVOTE/ELECT British English the process of voting in an election, or the number of votes recorded Labour won the election with 40% of the poll. The result of the poll won’t be known until around midnight.4 → the pollsCOLLOCATIONSverbscarry out/take/do a pollA similar poll was carried out among academics in the United States.A poll taken last month gave the Democrats a seven-point lead.conduct a poll formal (=carry out a poll)The poll was conducted with a sample of 1,023 adults.a poll shows/indicates/suggests somethingPolls show that older voters are most concerned about economic issues.a poll finds somethingOur poll found that 29 percent rated his performance as good.poll + NOUNpoll results/findingsThe poll results are very encouraging.a poll rating (=showing how popular someone is)His poll ratings keep slipping.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + pollan opinion poll (=that measures what people think about something)A recent opinion poll showed strong support for the government.an exit poll (=when people are asked how they have just voted)The exit polls said that 46 percent of women had voted for Obama.a popularity poll (=measuring how popular someone is)In most popularity polls, he is in fourth or fifth place.a local/national/statewide etc pollLocal polls show him leading by only two or three points.phrasessomebody’s lead in the pollsLabour soon regained its lead in the polls.somebody’s standing in the polls (=how popular a poll shows them to be)The president's standing in the polls declined sharply.be ahead/leading in the pollsThe good news is that we are ahead in the polls.be behind/trailing in the pollsAt the moment the Democrats are trailing in the polls.
Examples from the Corpuspoll• A poll of 700 female registered voters found that 56% favor full abortion rights.• Stanford, a 28-22 loser to Arizona, fell nine spots to No. 25 in both polls.• Like his new name, changed by deed poll nine years before.• In a nationwide poll carried out in January, only one person in ten said they were happy with the tax reforms.• And the implications of that can not be catered for by opinion polls.• Recent opinion polls show that the President's popularity has slipped.• In our poll, we asked teachers how they felt about teacher testing.• Recent polls indicate strong support for cutting taxes.• Another statewide poll released early this year said 42 percent of Arizona voters thought Symington should resign.• In the end, we were seduced by the polls, against our better judgment.• He was still behind in the polls.• According to the polls, a huge majority of citizens oppose bilingual education.• This Tuesday, August 5, voters will go to the polls to accept or reject the proposed charter.public opinion poll• Thirty-seven percent is a benchmark this year, and Dole has hovered near that number in public opinion polls.• His chances of accomplishing policy change will also be enhanced if he maintains high levels of support in public opinion polls.• Reduced expectations have shown up in many public opinion polls taken in recent years.• Clinton led Dole in nationwide public opinion polls going into the debate by margins ranging from 13 percent to 18 percent.• Despite some public opinion polls and Supreme Court decisions to the contrary, voters have repeatedly rejected liberalization of abortion laws.• Clinton has rarely had better than a 40 percent job approval rating in Texas public opinion polls since that election.• Republicans, battered as they are in the public opinion polls, succeeded in dramatically transforming the terms of the national debate.• So far Gramm has been unable to close in on Dole in the public opinion polls.