How To Create A Poll

A poll asks a question and provides a set of answers for a person to select from. The basic poll allows only one answer to be selected. Some polls allow more than one answer to be selected. In our opinion multiple choice is more in the purview of surveys and is not what a poll is meant to do,

As such, a single question that records a single response is a pure poll.

The first step is determining what you need to know. For example a poll about household income is fairly straightforward, However the set of possible answers should be crafted in such a way that supports your intent of gathering the data.

Taking the household income example, a poll might look like this:

What is your household annual income?
  • Less than $20,000
  • $20,000 to $50,000
  • $50,000 to $75,000
  • $75,000 to $100,000
  • Over $100,000

What is your objective? As the poll creator are you really interested in the distribution of answers? Or are you specifically looking to bucket these responses for those that only earn between $50,000 and $100,000 per year? In that example you might have:

What is your household annual income?
Less than $50,000
  • $50,000 to $60,000
  • $60,000 to $75,000
  • $75,000 to $90,000
  • $90,000 to $100,00
  • Over $100,000

  • In other words, the answer selections should be crafted to provide you with the answers you need. This does not disagree with being unbiased, The answers still present without bias, while limiting the choices to the ones that best serve the results you need.

    Creating A Poll

    In ViewPoint Polls you start by giving your poll a name and the entering the poll question. The poll name is something only you see. It’s to help keep your polls organized within your dashboard.

    Once you have entered the poll name and poll question, you click to continue. On the next screen is where you enter the possible answers and select other ways that the poll is presented and utilized.

    At least two possible answers are required. It makes no sense for a poll to have just one answer to select from! Therefore 2 or more are needed. You can have up to 12 answer choices as, from our experience, this covers nearly every conceivable poll need, A poll with too many choices provides poor results.

    As you can see there are many other selections you can use. This includes randomizing, controlling how many times a respondent can answer, and much more. Some features require a paid plan. (click here to see the plans).

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