The Poll module, a core optional Drupal feature, is a great way to encourage people to be a bit more involved with your site.  It also provides a way to get a very basic level of feedback from your audience.

A poll will allow a content contributor to pose a single question and then provide a list of at least two different possible responses.  More than two responses can be added, if desired.

Polls can be set to turn themselves off automatically, based on a pre-set poll closure date, they can be manually closed, or they can be left to run indefinitely, if desired.

By default, any audience member can vote in a poll, whether they have an ONID or not.  After a visitor has added his or her vote to the poll, the most current poll result will display in an easy to read bar graph. Votes can be cancelled and a new choice can be made by a voter, but only one vote at a time can be recorded per user.

Site administrators are capable of viewing the list of poll participants.  Only one vote at a time can be logged in from any one source. The user names of authenticated users who are registered with the site and will appear.  For anonymous users, the IP address of the voter will appear. 

poll administration screen with list of participants

The Poll module also provides a handy block called Most Recent Poll, which displays the most recent poll published on the site and a link to older polls users may also be interested in.

Most Recent Poll Block
most recent poll block with "do you plan on using Drupal in the future" question and "Yes", "No", and "Not Sure Yet" as choices

Most Recent Poll Block Results
most recent poll block with results displaying and link to older polls

Read on to learn more details about the Poll module.