Many websites use polls and surveys to solicit opinion and feedback. What the heck is the difference between a poll and a survey anyway? Well, on the web at least, a poll usually denotes a quick question that can be answered in a click. Often you will see on a news page or sports site a little poll portlet that asks a question such as “Do you think the Yankees will win the series?”. A survey, on the other hand, is a more involved endeavor on the part of the user. It certainly has many questions, and indeed, often goes multi-screen. There can be conditional logic behind the presentation of the questions as well.
Here we see an enterprise dashboard approach to showing and tracking poll and survey results on a website. The dashboard screenshot below shows a pie chart and detail information on the most recent poll. The bottom of the section shows how many results are coming in for the most recent polls. Following the dashboard screenshot are some detail screens for polls, surveys and reusuable questions. The underlying product is called QPolling.
Homework: There is quite a bit of nuance to soliciting opinion. Start with these books on conducting polls and surveys.
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