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25 Fun Poll Questions to Ask Your Audience
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From politicians to companies and even educational institutions, virtually every industry still leverages polls and surveys to understand their audience. Surveys and polls don’t have to be dreadfully boring exercises – in fact, the key to high converting surveys is to make them fun and engaging.

With live polling technologies and data results analysis, we know what works and what doesn’t. So take it from us; here are some ideas for fun poll questions to keep your audience engaged. Some questions provide valuable intel about your audience directly, and others are random questions you can ask your audience to get to know them or simply keep them engaged.

But first, are a survey and a poll the same thing?

No. Although many people use the words interchangeably, surveys feature multiple questions covering a wide range of topics. A poll, on the other hand, features only one question with numerous choices.

A poll 

Select your favorite cake.

  1. Black forest
  2. White forest
  3. Red velvet
  4. Teacake
  5. Sponge cake
  6. Tiramisu

A survey

  1. How many members are in your family?
  2. What is your occupation?
  3. Are you/have you ever been married?
  4. What is your income bracket?

So, you can think of a survey as a set of poll questions. Another significant difference between poll and survey questions is that poll questions are mostly close-ended, while survey questions are open-ended or contain choices with a range. For instance, a survey question like, “How old are you?” would entail age ranges for each multiple choice answer.  Also, poll questions give you a maximum of seven multiple choices.

How to create great poll questions

Keep it simple

Ask direct and straightforward questions that will draw equally direct and honest answers. Respondents may not have a lot of time to answer your questions, so the easier you make them, the more productive the poll will be. 

Do not ask your target group double-barreled questions like “should the company invest in equipment or the pension plan?”. Both are clearly important to the respondent, so you won’t get the best results. 

Also, make sure the polling agent speaks the same language as the respondents. Many polls fail because of language barriers that can be avoided. Besides, an agent who doesn’t speak the same language may come across as patronizing, giving you poor polling results.

Find the right number of respondents

If you go for too few you won’t get accurate results for your poll and too many will overwhelm your poll. Choose a fitting sample group depending on what you’re asking. This may mean going to the places where you’ll find the right number of respondents. For example, you can visit a school to poll teenagers and college students, hospitals for polls on bettering healthcare, and music studios to poll musicians. If you’re using a tool like MeetingPulse, scalable app services can actually handle large quantities of people.

Use the right channels

The channel you use will determine the results you get. For example, if you’re polling millenials, live polls using cellular phones is a great option. 

Types of Poll Questions

Poll questions can be informative, but they can also be a lot of fun. Here are the main categories of poll questions that you can use for productive responses.

  • Dichotomous poll question

This is a popular poll question because it only needs a simple yes or no answer. Sometimes people add “maybe” to the choices but that’s not ideal if you want a straight answer. It is an excellent poll question when finding out customer sentiment to a new product or service.

Examples of fun dichotomous questions

Would you attend a holiday party for your department?

  1. Yes
  2. No 
  3. Maybe

Would you try a charcoal latte if it were on our menu?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Maybe

With the answers found in this type of question, a company or business can categorize customers accordingly and cater to their specific needs.

  • Opinion poll question using images

This is one of the simplest poll questions available. The respondent is presented with two or three choices of an item and asked which one they prefer.

Example of an opinion poll question with images

What is your favourite ice cream flavor?

               Strawberry                      Butterscotch                   Vanilla sprinkles

Related: Image Polls – New Feature Showcase

  • NPS poll question

This type of poll question is great for gauging customer satisfaction and brand loyalty. The NPS (Net Promoter Score) is typically used by companies to find out whether their current customers are likely to share information about their products with their circle of influence.

Example of NPS poll question

Having completed the 12-week course, how likely are you to recommend it to others?

0       1      2      3      4      5      6      7      8      9      10

Very unlikely                                                            Very likely

  • Multiple choice poll question

These are questions that provide multiple choices, but the choices also have options. The multiple choice answers provided give a range and respondents choose which one is closest to their experience.

Example of multiple choice poll question

How long have you been working at the company?

  1. Less than 12 months
  2. 12 – 24 months
  3. 24 – 36 months
  4. More than 36 months
  5. Never 

How many interns would increase the productivity level of your department?

  1. 1-2
  2. 2-4
  3. More than 4
  4. None

How many horror movies have you seen this year?

  1. 10-20
  2. 20-40
  3. More than 40
  4. Less than 10
  5. None 

If you were stranded on an island, what would you want the most?

  1. A first aid kit, warm clothing and a raft, SOS signal
  2. A tool kit, warm clothing, food supply, SOS signal
  3. SOS signal, raft, a tool kit, food supply
  4. Warm clothing, a first aid kit, a tool kit and raft 
  • Likert scale poll question

The Likert scale poll question measures the respondent’s degree of agreement and disagreement. This type of poll question is classified as odd or even Likert scale questions. Even questions do not require a midpoint (neutrality) and have very specific goals. Odd questions accept neutral answers.

Examples of odd Lickert scale poll questions

The organization has invested in the physical well being of its employees.

  1. Strongly agree
  2. Agree
  3. Neutral
  4. Disagree 
  5. Strongly disagree

The company has a tradition of protecting its executives .

  1. Strongly agree
  2. Agree
  3. Somewhat agree
  4. Neutral
  5. Somewhat disagree
  6. Disagree 
  7. Strongly disagree

Examples of even Lickert scale poll questions

The product was well received on the market.

  1. Agree
  2. Strongly disagree

Our firm should provide more funding opportunities for outside training.

  1. Strongly agree
  2. Agree
  3. Disagree
  4. Strongly disagree

As you will notice, the Even Lickert scale question do not have the option of neutral.

  • Short Answer or Open-ended Poll Questions

These types of questions are also commonly referred to as Reddit – style questions. With open-ended questions, the respondent can provide any response they wish to. Like Reddit, the answers become visible to all respondents, and they can vote for the best answer allowing it to rise to the top as the most comprehensive response to the question. 

Examples of Short Answer poll questions 

  • What is your favorite part about your job?
  • What was your favorite class in the English Department?
  • What is the best product we offer, and why?
  • How do you think customers like our new iPhone app?
  • What restaurant should we choose to cater for the meeting next month?

Related: Introducing Q&A Autotranslation

  • Semantics differential scale poll question

This type of polar question is used to measure the performance of a product or service in comparison to its competitor. These questions use weak and strong polar adjectives and are framed in the easiest fashion. You will find such poll questions at the end of a phone call with service providers or once you purchase something online.

Example of Semantics differential scale poll question

How satisfied are you with this product?

Visual analogue scale questions also use a similar scale but are used mainly by healthcare specialists to monitor the pain in patients ranging from no pain to excruciating pain.

  • Rank Order Poll question

This type of question asks the respondent to rank a product or service, starting from their best to their worst. 

Examples of rank order poll questions 

Rank the software in order of efficiency

  1. Sisense
  2. Oracle BI
  3. Chartio
  4. Jaspersoft
  5. Geckoboard
  6. InsightSquared

Which social media option brings the most traffic?

  1. Snapchat
  2. Instagram
  3. Facebook
  4. Twitter
  5. Pinterest

Please rank the best music video creation tools of 2019

  1. Wistia
  2. VideoScribe
  3. Vimeo
  4. Vidyard
  5. Videoshop
  • Demographic poll question

These types of poll questions are prevalently used in political campaigns and election periods. They require the respondent to give private information that is used to determine their demographic. The information can vary from age and ethnicity to religious and sexual orientation.

Examples of Demographic poll questions

What is your career level?

  1. Entry level
  2. Mid level
  3. Senior level
  4. Top management

What is your age group?

Under 18 

18 to 30 years

30 to 45 years

45 to 60 years

Over 60 years

What is your occupation?

White-collar job

Blue-collar job

Self-employed

Retired

What geographic area best describes the area in which you live?

Urban

Suburban

Rural

 

Conclusion

Good poll questions make the poll fun and effective at the same time, depending on your audience and sample group. Poll questions should be a well used tool in any business setting or institution for better management and service delivery. Check out our services at MeetingPulse to find out how to get started.

Related: Use Data to Avoid Bias in Performance Management

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