Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
1) The process of casting and recording votes in an election. Also the results of an election. 2) To receive votes -- for example, a candidate is said to "poll" a certain number of votes. 3) The place where votes are cast and recorded in an election. Often referred to as "the polls." 4) A survey of individual opinions on a given topic. Also, the process of collecting these opinions.