I heard it in a documentary at the second minute the speaker says:

We explore who poles/pull (I could be wrong about this word because it has no subtitle) the strength.

What does the "pole or pull the strength" means here, I did a little digging but didn't find what makes sense here, since I'm not sure it "pull" or "pole"

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    I believe the accepted answer is right but I think you meant 'poll' in your question. 'Poll' means to query or ask for information. 'Pole' as a verb would mean to jab or poke with a long stick.
    – JimmyJames
    Commented Sep 21, 2021 at 18:57
  • @user48 Could you find a reference link that did not demand personal details? Commented Sep 25, 2021 at 22:00
  • @RobbieGoodwin the only channel that had uploaded this documentary is the one I shared, that's the YouTube's feature not me, as you know.
    – user141755
    Commented Sep 26, 2021 at 6:19

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You have misheard the phrase. It is actually this:

We explore who pulls the strings . . .

To pull the strings is an idiom. Merriam-Webster suggests this definition and provides an example

to control someone or something often in a secret way
It turned out that his brother was the person pulling the strings behind the operation.

Grammarist suggests this origin:

The phrase pull strings may be traced to the 1860s, and refers to puppetry in use at the time that employed the use of pulling strings in order to make the puppets perform.

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