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noun [countable] poll pronunciation in British English /pəʊl/
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  1. 1
    an occasion when a lot of people are asked what they feel about something, usually by a company paid by a political party, television programme etc
    They’re worried about the government’s present low standing in the polls.
    A recent poll indicated that most people opposed the changes.
    carry out/conduct a poll: According to a poll conducted last week, 75% of the public support the Prime Minister.
  2. 2
    the process of voting and the counting of votes
    Labour were the big winners in yesterday’s poll.
    1. b.

      the polls

      the place where people vote
      The polls close at ten o’clock.



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