A public opinion poll is created when a polling firm telephones a sample of citizens that has been randomly selected and asks a series of standard questions. If executed properly, the poll will generally reflect an opinion that would be expected if every eligible voter had been polled. Public opinion polls are an important facet of the election season, and provide those who read them with an idea of what many Americans think about various candidates and issues. See also Push polling.
The counting of votes cast for or against a proposition, especially at company meetings of the shareholders. Usually matters will be decided by a show of hands of those present (one vote each) and a poll will be held only if demanded. On a poll, each share normally has one vote but special voting rights may be conferred by the Articles of Association.
Voting at a meeting of shareholders is governed by the Articles of Association. The first vote is usually taken on a show of hands where each shareholder is entitled to one vote. A poll can then be demanded and votes are counted on the basis that those present have one vote for each share they hold. Who can ask for a poll is usually dictated by the Articles of Association. However, there is an overriding right for five shareholders together or a lesser number holding not less than one-tenth of the total votes or the paid up share capital on shares carrying votes to demand a poll
The poll is a name of the part of the horse's head, right between the ears. Specifically, this refers to the occipital protrusion at the back of the skull, but many horsemen incorrectly refer to the joint between the atlas and skull as "the poll."
The sending of an NTP packet from a host to an NTP time server to request the current time. The server responds by recording the current time in the packet, then sending it back to the originating host. See also ``NTP packet''.
A periodic request for MIB or MIT object-class status information sent to a managed object. Configurable in some cases by the network administrator via Solstice EM Request Designer. SNMP tends to be poll-oriented, while CMIP tends to be event-oriented.
Poll entry point for a non-stream character driver. A character device driver may include a drv poll() entry point so that users can use select(2) or poll(2) to poll the file descriptors opened on such devices.