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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

Use an online poll maker to get fast feedback 

What’s the best time for the yoga class you’re teaching? Which of six choices is the perfect name for that new yogurt flavor? 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 at any time. When you do, you send the message that you know they’re there and their opinions matter. And with instant access to poll results, you can get a deeper understanding of the people you’re trying to reach and take action based on their opinions, preferences, and input.

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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.

A quick poll can go a long way

Online polls allow you to ask your audience for instant feedback on just about anything. Here are a examples of how you can use SurveyMonkey polls:

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

Gather customer opinions on new product or service offerings and track poll results over time.

Run tracking polls, horse race polls, and quick polls on hot-button 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. Get feedback on instructor performance or specific classes.

Run polls to mobilize 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 travelers during a stay at a hotel or on an organized vacation to discover ways to improve their experience.

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

Mac or PC? iPhone or Android? Laptop or Desktop? Poll your audience on their favorite technology toys or general usage to make sure you’re developing the right software, apps, and resources for the market. 

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 online survey tools. Not sure how to reach the right people? SurveyMonkey Audience gives you access to millions of respondents ready to provide the answers you need to make critical decisions.

3 quick tips to improve your polls

1. Keep it short and simple

For a straightforward respondent experience and fast feedback, use a multiple choice format and a maximum of 1–5 poll questions.

2. Give your audience the spotlight

Use polls to encourage your audience’s engagement. Ask for their opinions and preferences and, whenever possible, let them know why their input is important. 

3. Keep rating scale questions consistent

If you’re using Likert scales, a question type that measures attitudes and opinions, be sure to use the same points system for all questions. If 1 means “extremely satisfied” and 5 means “extremely dissatisfied,” maintain those answer options 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. While all of our questions are written by professional survey methodologists, you can always customize poll questions to fit your polling needs.

Just for fun

Polling is great for getting opinions on game night, vacation spots, movies, menus, or home makeovers. If you can think it up, you can make a poll about it!

General event feedback

Did attendees enjoy the event? How helpful was it? Would they like to see more like it? Make a poll to collect feedback that will help guide your future event planning.

Customer service

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

Website feedback

Use a pop up poll to uncover whether your website visitors are finding what they need on your website.

Employee programs

Poll your workforce for their feedback on employee programs and benefits—like training, commuting, health and wellness programs, and more.

Online social networking

Which sites do your audiences visit and how often? Use a simple 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.

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