Surveys & Polls
Learn the difference between polls and surveys and how such features can enhance your online survey questionnaire design.
What Is A Survey?
A survey is a questionnaire that asks multiple questions and often will require detailed answers.
An online survey can ask the participant to answer questions ranging anywhere from their name and gender to their preference of laundry detergent and how they feel about their company health insurance plan.
There are survey polls, a questionnaire which can include multiple poll-type questions with a selection of predetermined answers. However, even though a survey may include closed-ended questions, typically the questions included in a survey allow the respondent to answer how they choose and in greater depth.
What Is A Poll?
A poll is a single multiple choice question that requires the participant to choose between predetermined responses.
A poll requires choosing from the predefined answers, however there will sometimes be included a fill-in-the-blank or "other" option, allowing the respondent to respond with their own answer if it is different from those listed. Some polls will also allow multiple answers to be chosen if appropriate.
A poll most people are familiar with is an opinion poll, for example the type used to determine if public opinion is positive or negative regarding a country's administration.
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