Poll: A poll is a way of knowing people’s choices and understanding what works for them. Polls can help you to measure the success of any event or initiative and are carried out at various stages. The interval at which polls are conducted depends on what kind of data needs to be extracted from the respondents.
In the past, polls were mostly carried out in-person. A question used to be given to a group of people, who were asked to raise a hand to express their opinion. Later came the telephone polls wherein a respondent would be asked to dial a number as an answer. Today in the digital world, polls are conducted online and all a user has to do to answer is just click.
Online polls help in market research by providing data on customers’ preferences and thereby can help create a strategy. If an organization knows better what a customer wants, then chances of their success increases. Polls can also help predict demand and help businesses better prepare themselves for the future.
Survey: A survey gathers information from a set of people, with the purpose of generalizing the results to a larger population. Surveys provide a significant source of data and insights for almost everyone in the information business, from government and private organizations to media and academic institutions.
Thousands of surveys are created every year to understand the choices, preferences, and experiences of customers and employees. Surveys are conducted in different formats and distributed through various mediums. In olden times, surveys were carried out in-person and over the call. Later, these were replaced by pen and paper surveys. Nowadays, most companies run surveys online using free online survey builder tools.
Online surveys consist of different types of questions such as single choice, multiple-choice and open-ended text. When the online surveys were new in the market, it was more or less text or choice based questionnaire, but with the growing use of multimedia over the internet, you can include graphical, matrix, and audio/video questions as well. The responses are gathered through the email, website, QR code or survey mobile app.
Once the responses are collected, you can run different data analytics algorithms and generate meaningful insights in the form of reports. These reports can also be exported in most commonly used formats such as .xls, .pdf or .ppt.
Both poll and survey are used to gather feedback and choices of the target audience. In the same industry, both poll and survey can be used to gain insights that will help to make better business decisions. Due to their overlapping usability, one is bound to get confused as to when to select what. The selection between online polls and online surveys is made on the basis of the number of factors such as:
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The majority of electoral laws establish a specific system for political surveys carried out during electoral periods, with the object of avoiding manipulation of the prospects of the different political groups through this channel that could eventually have an impact on the election results. Among the most commonly adopted measures are:
regulation on the features a survey must contain in order to be disseminated as such, including for example the name of the company that has conducted it, the date, the size of the sample and other technical details such as the error margin, the sampling system, etc., with all these specifications accompanying the dissemination of the survey
in conjunction with the foregoing, special powers of control over the dissemination of the surveys are granted to the electoral organisation, that usually include the ability to demand compulsory rectification by the media
The dissemination of surveys is frequently forbidden immediately prior to the elections in countries that are politically as diverse as France and Peru. In view of the globalisation of communications though, it is getting more and more difficult to impose such prohibition. Its purpose is, however, clear: to permit the electoral organisation to order the rectification of surveys that do not meet the legal requirements before the elections are held.
Another mechanism for gathering information about an election in progress--half way between surveys and quick count procedures--normally carried out by communication companies and not by the electoral organisations, is the 'exit poll', also called 'Israeli Surveys', as this was the first country that put them into practice (See Quick Count of Voting Result).
As opposed to electoral surveys, exit polls are not concerned with the intended vote, but are based on the answers given by voters selected at random after they have voted. However, contrary to what occurs in quick count procedures, these are not results that have already been counted and verified after the closing of the polls, but what the person says he has voted. They pose two problems:
In the first place, their reliability can be questionable. One might think that there is no reason why voters in stable democracies should conceal or lie about how they have voted, especially because nobody is under any obligation to answer in an exit poll. But in practice they often do. The majority of exit polls carried out in European countries over the past years have been failures. This phenomenon increases in the countries that are in the process of transition, where the fear in the minds of citizens might be well founded. This can give rise to inaccurate data being circulated, provoking confusion in public opinion and making it difficult for the defeated candidate to accept the results.
In the second place, they might create situations in which problems of relative incompatibility regarding voter's secrecy could arise.
Because of this, these systems are not at all advisable in countries in a political transition, to the point that on occasions, they have actually been forbidden, as in Bulgaria in 1990.
Their effectiveness in consolidated countries is not clear either, where more and more advanced quick count systems enable real and fully reliable data to be obtained in a very brief period of time.
In short, the exit polls imply additional disruption of the processes in countries in a political transition. In any case, it is a short-lived, costly and rather unreliable mechanism.
Choosing a right online poll tool will allow users to successfully conduct their polls and benefit from the advanced features that are available. SmartSurvey offers the complete software solution so that you can create free online polls, distribute them with ease and collect reliable data in real time.
You can create polls to determine the best date for a meeting, to take vote for an election, or any other topic. Several options such as receiving email for each vote, writing comments, and making votes public or private can be enabled.
Choose the best type of poll that matches your needs (date poll to select different days/hours in a calendar, or vote/standard poll to select with a list of yes/no or for/against). Define the title, a closing date, and a description that will be displayed on the public or private poll page. Create as many questions/answers as you need.
For each poll, choose among several options like :
The module will give you an URL link to your survey to allow people to vote with any web browser...
Send the created poll link by email or publish the poll link online on your website, so people can vote and post comments. Get all of this done in just a few clicks.
You can also use the mass-emailing module of Dolibarr to inform your contacts about the availability of your poll!
In the end, you can administer your polls and surveys, read, download and analyze the results of your polls and surveys from the back office.
Retrieve all your polls, closed or open. Find a summary of votes, details for each voter, and read comments. Close or re-open a poll at any time.