What’s the difference between a poll and a survey?

Krista Stevens

Do you know the primary difference between a poll and a survey?
Test your knowledge with our mind-bending quiz on polls and surveys. Then, share your new knowledge with your friends!

 

 

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A poll allows you to ask one question with a choice of answers. You can allow the voter to select just one answer or allow them to choose multiple answers. You also have the option of adding an “other” field to allow a voter to enter their own answer. Here’s what a sample poll looks like:

A survey allows you to ask multiple questions across a wider range of question types. So you can ask for a comment, an e-mail address, their name, their address etc., as well as the multiple choice question used in a poll. Here’s what a sample survey looks like:

So in short, a poll is used to ask one simple question, while a survey is generally used to ask a wide range of questions.

Here’s how to create a poll.

Here’s how to create a survey.

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