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What is the difference between a poll and a survey?

CTCT Employee

What is the difference between a poll and a survey?

Here is a question from a nonprofit in Constant Contact's nonprofit webinar...

  

What is the difference between a poll and a survey? A poll is one simple question like – “What is the best day for you to attend an event?”, “How satisfied are you with the event?”, “What topic do you want in the next newsletter?”, “How valuable did you find this article?”, “What social media site do you use the most?”, or “How did you find out about us?” They are really quick for you to create, take just a second for your supporters to participate in, and they’re fun - once someone votes they get immediate gratification with instant results of how others answered. Surveys are used to ask more questions for more actionable results. For example, you want to plan an event and want to know - “What is the best day to attend an event?”, “What time do you prefer?”, “What location do you prefer?”, “What topic/speaker most interests you”, etc.

 

Caroline Shahar