- 1(also opinion poll) [countable] the process of questioning people who are representative of a larger group in order to get information about the general opinion synonym survey to carry out/conduct a poll A recent poll suggests some surprising changes in public opinion. A nationwide poll revealed different food preferences in the North and the South.
- 2 the polls [plural] (politics) places where people go to vote in an election Their defeat at the polls came as a big shock. Tuesday is the day America goes to the polls (= when elections are held). Polls close (= voting ends) at 9 p.m.
- 3 [countable, usually plural] the number of votes recorded in an election synonym ballot Davis is ahead in the polls. see also exit poll, straw poll