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Your poll would have a whole lot more meaning if you defined what kind of behavior fits each category.
Prey drive is both a general drive and somewhat breed specific. A Lab with “middle of the road” prey should behave differently than a German Shepherd Dog with “middle of the road” prey.
When speaking of prey drive in general and not specific to a breed, I would consider “Off-the-charts” prey drive to be where a dog has a super strong desire to chase, catch and kill virtually anything that he views as a prey object, and the dog views not just a few objects as prey but rather views many, many things as prey. Those things could include animals, cars, bite sleeves, lawnmowers, balls, a simple plastic bag being blown across the street, or even a human.
An off-the-charts prey drive dog has very poor survival skills. He will chase through fire, off a cliff or out into traffic. He will try to catch stuff that can and will hurt him (cars, large animals, chainsaws, etc) He will withstand aggression from a large animal or even a human to catch his prey object. An off-the-charts prey dog is a pain in the butt and in some respects dangerous. You are not going to put control into those dogs without some pretty serious corrections.
Someone else may disagree though and consider “Off-the-charts” prey drive to be a dog who will play Frisbee for hours on end, or one who tries to goad the neighbors cat into running so he can play chase.
It's your poll, so you get to define things however you'd like, but unless you offer some clear definitions folks will be voting without consistency.