poll ( polls plural & 3rd person present) ( polling present participle) ( polled past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A poll is a survey in which people are asked their opinions about something, usually in order to find out how popular something is or what people intend to do in the future.
Polls show that the European treaty has gained support in Denmark..., We are doing a weekly poll on the president, and clearly his popularity has declined...
2 verb If you are polledon something, you are asked what you think about it as part of a survey.
More than 18,000 people were polled... be V-ed
Audiences were going to be polled on which of three pieces of contemporary music they liked best... be V-ed on wh/n
More than 70 per cent of those polled said that they approved of his record as president. V-ed
3 n-plural The polls means an election for a country's government, or the place where people go to vote in an election.
In 1945, Winston Churchill was defeated at the polls..., Voters are due to go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new president...
4 verb If a political party or a candidate polls a particular number or percentage of votes, they get that number or percentage of votes in an election.
It was a disappointing result for the Greens who polled three percent... V n
In Britain, if you change your name by deed poll, you change it officially and legally.
by deed poll phrase PHR after v
opinion poll ( opinion polls plural ) An opinion poll involves asking people's opinions on a particular subject, especially one concerning politics. n-count
Nearly three-quarters of people questioned in an opinion poll agreed with the government's decision.
straw poll ( straw polls plural ) A straw poll is the unofficial questioning of a group of people to find out their opinion about something. n-count
A straw poll conducted at the end of the meeting found most people agreed with Mr Forth...