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How to create a poll in 3 simple steps

Get instant feedback with online polls.

  1. Ask up to 10 questions for free
  2. Email or post your poll anywhere online
  3. Get notified in real time as results start rolling in

Sometimes you want a quick bit of feedback from your audience

What’s the best time for the yoga class you’re teaching? Which of six choices is the perfect name for that new yoghurt flavour? Where should the team hold its next offsite meeting? Who will win the next election? Which polling websites are worth your time?

A super tool for on-the-spot feedback, online polls let you check in with your audience or customers any time. When you do, you send the message that you know they’re there and their opinions matter.

How to create an online poll

Create and deliver online polls quickly and easily. If you don’t already have a SurveyMonkey account, sign up for free and you can create and launch your online poll in minutes.

Wondering how to create a poll? Let’s walk through the process.

  1. Compose your question (or a few short questions) with tips from our best practices on how to create and conduct surveys or start with certified sample questions from our Question Bank.
  2. How to create a poll that’s easy to find, you ask? Just email or post the link to your poll online – or display it in a popup window on your blog or website. (You can also buy high-quality responses through our automated consumer panel SurveyMonkey Audience.)
  3. Use the feedback to make better decisions, and share the results of the poll with your audience.

Using online polls is an easy way to ask your audience for instant feedback about just about anything. Here are a few ways you can use SurveyMonkey polls:

Audience Engagement

Add an element of fun to the experience by using online polls to keep your website visitors or Facebook or Twitter followers interested and engaged.

Gather customer opinions about new product or service offerings.

Run tracking polls, horse racing polls and quick polls about contentious issues for political campaigns and consulting.

Assess preferences for potential venues or agendas. Invite attendees to rate locations, entertainment, speakers, refreshments and more.

Poll students for quick answers during instruction or lectures. Obtain feedback about instructor performance or specific classes.

Run polls to mobilise volunteers, collect RSVPs for events and gather data from the field.

Quickly poll a sample audience with your preliminary research theories before investing significant time into developing a detailed hypothesis.

Poll travellers during a stay at a hotel or on an organised holiday to discover ways to improve their experience.

“On a scale of zero to 10, how likely are you to recommend to a friend or colleague?” The collective results to this question can help you discover ways to improve customer engagement.

Mac or PC? iPhone or Android? Laptop or Desktop? Poll your friends about what their favourite technical gadgets are and know what to surprise them with on their next birthday.

Agencies and government offices can quickly gauge citizen feedback to proposed changes or gather suggestions with an online poll.

You don’t have to spend loads of money to get answers. You just need to take advantage of our smart, cost-effective tools. Not sure how to reach the right people? SurveyMonkey Audience gives you access to millions of respondents who are ready to provide the answers you need to make critical decisions.

3 Quick Tips to Improve Your Polls

1. Keep it short and simple

Use a multiple choice format, with a maximum of one to five questions for quick polling.

2. Make it about them

Use polls to encourage your audience’s engagement. Ask for their opinions and preferences – and make it fun!

3. Keep rating scale questions consistent

If you’re using Likert scales, use the same points system for all questions. If 1 means “extremely satisfied” and 5 means “extremely dissatisfied”, maintain it across your short poll.

Sample online polls

Use one of our survey templates as the basis for your online poll, or start with one or more of the many methodologically sound and certified questions in our Question Bank. Although all of our questions are written by professional survey methodologists, you can also customise questions to suit your polling needs. (Currently, most of our survey templates are in English only, although we do plan to offer them in other languages soon.)

Just for Fun

Poll for opinions about computer games, holiday destinations, movies, menus or home makeovers. If you can think it up, then you can create an online poll about it!

General Event Feedback

How did it go? Did attendees enjoy the event? Would they like to see more like it? Poll for feedback to help with planning your next one.

Customer Service

How would your customers rate their experience with your customer service team? Did they wait long to get assistance? Was your team member courteous and helpful? Find out with a quick poll.

Website Feedback

Pop up and poll your visitors to ensure that they’re finding what they need on your website.

Employee Programmes

Poll your workforce for their ideas and preferences concerning new programmes – such as training, commuting, health and fitness programmes, and more.

Online Social Networking

Which sites do your audiences visit and how often? Use a poll to find out and then decide which channels are best for your social media marketing campaigns.

Health and Nutrition

Poll clients to learn more about their habits and the changes they might like to make. Use online polls for quick progress checks and to share useful information in a fun way.

Send a poll for free in minutes

Use our expert-certified survey templates and get the answers you need today.