|Origin:||poll 'head' (13-19 centuries), from Middle Low German; from the idea of counting heads|
Related topics: Voting
the process of finding out what people think about something by asking many people the same question, or the record of the result [= 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
a poll on eating habits
a poll of 1000 people
to vote in an election:
10 million voters went to the polls.
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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.
the place where you can go to vote in an election:
The polls will close in an hour.