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Qualtrics Survey System

Creating Polls

In addition to surveys, Qualtrics also has the ability to create simple Polls. Generally, surveys are longer and used to get in-depth information and opinions, while Polls are shorter, simpler, and more like voting. In Qualtrics, Polls have only one question. The creation of Polls is done differently in Qualtrics than the creation of surveys. This document will get you started in the creation, customization, and deletion of Polls. For more information on Polls, refer to The Environment: The Poll Tab.

return to topCreating a Poll

Polls are usually easier to create than surveys, since they only have one question. Therefore, Qualtrics has a separate tab for Polls, where you will find all the tools you need to get started.

  1. Select the Polls tab
    The Polls page appears.

  2. Click CREATE POLLCreate Poll button
    A new Poll appears in your Poll list.

  3. OPTIONAL: If the Edit Poll pane does not appear, in the Tasks column, for the desired Poll, click EDITEdit button

  4. In the Poll Name text box, type a title for your Poll
    EXAMPLE: Type Poet Poll.

  5. In the Question text box, type the question for your Poll
    EXAMPLE: Type Who was your favorite poet studied this semester?

  6. In the Choices text box, type the choices that you want your respondents to select from
    NOTE: Type only one choice per line in the text box.
    EXAMPLE:
    Example Poll Choices

  7. OPTIONAL: In the Submit text box, type what you want the Submit button label to read

  8. Under Answer Type, select the desired option

  9. Click SAVE CHANGESSave Changes button
    The changes have been saved, and a preview pane appears.
    Sample Poll preview pane

return to topCustomizing Poll Look and Feel

Qualtrics will automatically do some formatting for your Poll. The colors, Poll size, font, and submit button will all appear, but you may want customize how your Poll looks. Qualtrics offers many options in personalizing your Poll.

  1. Select the Polls tab
    The Polls page appears.

  2. In the Tasks column, for the desired Poll, click LOOK & FEELLook and Feel button
    The Poll Look & Feel pane appears.
    Poll Look & Feel pane

  3. To change the colors of your poll,
    1. Click COLORS
      The list of colors currently used appears.
      Look & Feel Colors section
    2. In the text box, type the hexadecimal number of the desired color
      OR
      To select a color, click the swatch
    3. Repeat step b for each aspect whose color you want to change
      NOTE: Each change is reflected in the preview.

  4. To change the text size, poll width, or result bar size,
    1. Click SIZE
      The current list of text size, poll width, and result bar size appears.
      Look & Feel Size section
    2. From the Title pull-down menu, select the desired font size
    3. From the Question pull-down menu, select the desired font size
    4. From the Choices pull-down menu, select the desired font size
    5. In the Poll Width text box, type the desired width in pixels or percent
    6. In the Results Bar Thickness text box, type the desired width in pixels
      NOTE: Each change is reflected in the preview.

  5. To change the font,
    1. Click FONT
      The current font selection appears.
      Look & Feel Font section
    2. From the Poll Font pull-down menu, select the desired font
      NOTE: The change is reflected in the preview.

  6. To change the Submit button,
    1. Click BUTTON
      A selection of Submit buttons appears.
      Look & Feel Button section
    2. Select the desired Submit button
      NOTE: The change is reflected in the preview.

  7. From the General menu, select the desired choices
    NOTE: The choice is selected when a checkmark appears.
    Look & Feel General section

  8. Click SAVE CHANGESSave Changes button
    The changes have been saved and appear in the preview pane.

return to topDeleting a Poll

When a Poll is no longer useful to you, it may be time to delete it. This will make your Poll tab easier to navigate and make room for new Polls.

  1. Select the Polls tab
    The Polls page appears.

  2. In the Tasks column, for the desired Poll, click DELETEDelete button
    The Delete Poll pane appears.

  3. Click DELETE POLLDelete Poll button
    The Poll has been deleted.

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