Our web site polls are non-scientific, and that should always be kept in mind when considering the results. But we try to be as fair with them as possible.
The poll is intended to gauge the opinions of people who read the T-G web site. We had a recent poll where someone tried to skew the results by going to another, out-of-town web site and urging people who don't normally read our web site to come and vote in our poll. I knew something was up because that particular poll drew huge numbers compared to our usual polls, and when I checked our site statistics I could easily figure out where a lot of that traffic was coming from.
Attempting to skew a poll by inviting people from outside our coverage area to participate is not encouraged; if I feel that something of that nature is happening on a large scale, I'm likely to take that particular poll question down.