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poll

noun     /pəʊl/
[C] a process in which a large number of people are asked for their opinions about a subject or person: The poll surveyed 1,282 adults nationwide.carry out/conduct a poll The magazine conducted a poll of 2,000 readers. In a poll recently, 8 out of 10 people stated that they were worried about debt. A recent opinion poll revealed that just one in four voters wants to see the party in power. → See also survey noun
(also the polls [plural]) POLITICS the fact of voting in a political election, or the places where people vote: Voters' opinions will become clear at the polls. Next month the country will go to the polls in both presidential and parliamentary elections.
the poll POLITICS the number of votes in an election: She was elected decisively, with over 70% of the poll.
[C] an occasion when people in a group, company, etc. vote for or against something at a meeting: Each ordinary share carries one vote in the event of a poll of shareholders.
→ See also exit poll, Gallup™ poll, straw poll
(Definition of poll noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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