Ask your employees or partners their choice or opinion on any topic by running a poll/survey.

Give your contacts online access to your polls.

What are Poll and Survey? 

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.

Poll vs Survey

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:

  • Questions Polls consist of only one question which can be single-choice, multiple choice or an open-ended text question. Surveys consist of a number of questions across a wide range of question types such as multiple choice, ratings, matrix, heatmap, multimedia, and ranking question

  • Time Because online polls have only one question, it doesn't take much time to create them. For the same reason, they are also quick to respond. They are very easy to customize and can be quickly embedded on the website. Due to these reasons, polls are considered to be very simple and light.

  • Depthof information Polls questions gather opinion on a single subject and the respondents are usually not asked for any personal information and are, therefore, an anonymous form of feedback. Surveys gather views on multiple topics and extract detailed information. You can also ask for personal information like email address, age, name or profession, if needed.

  • Purpose Polls are generally conducted before an event, while an event is going on to know the outcome of an event or immediately after the event. They catch the thoughts on the top of the mind and doesn’t require too much effort on the respondent’s side. Surveys, on the other hand, used for conducting satisfaction and experience surveys.

  • Type of decision Polls are used to make a simple and quick decision as they consume less time and resources. Surveys are used when you need to make a detailed analysis of the responses gathered. They capture various dimensions of feedback and translate that data into charts and reports that help in creating a better business strategy.

Using a Survey for an Election or Poll

Create the Survey

  • Create a survey with a Multiple Choice or Image Choice question where only a single answer choice is allowed, and label each answer choice with the name of a candidate.

Collect Votes

  • Use the Email Invitation Collector since this ensures each respondent can only vote one time per email address, and you can keep track of who has or hasn't responded while keeping votes anonymous.
  • If you're using another collector type, change the collector options to allow only one response per voter and to make the survey anonymous.
  • Analyze the Results
  • Go to the Analyze Results section of the survey. As responses come in, you'll be able to see which candidate has the majority. Create a custom chart to customize the display of the results.


Surveys, Researches and Opinion Polls Management System Policy:

Full Stack Zone Leadership team approved Surveys, Researches and Opinion Polls Management System policy in collaboration with Full Stack Zone mandates to include explicit delivery of the following commitments to:                            

  • Fulfill the requirements of Surveys, Researches and Opinion Polls Management System (ISO 20252:2012), and endorse the system's continual improvement process.
  • Surveys, Researches and Opinion Polls Management System processes' review and continual improvement, in order to increase its effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Assure, and control the quality of RMS & BCMS processes.
  • Endorsing Surveys, Researches and Opinion Polls Management System culture, and adhere to the international standards of the scope.
  • Continually strive to offer surveys, researches, and opinion polls services and achieve the optimum level of customer satisfaction with full transparency and professionalism. 
  • Adherence to the regulations and the legal requirements of the Surveys, Researches and Opinion Polls Management System

Additionally, the leadership team undertakes to publish the risk management and business continuity management system policy through the available means to all interested parties such as employees (part time/full time), and to review it periodically.

Public Opinion Surveys and Polls:

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.

What makes SmartSurvey right for you?

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.

  • Flexible: Polls, surveys, questionnaires, online forms, consultations, quizzes, you name it, we have it.
  • Nothing to install: No complicated installations or downloads, just sign up and create polls through your browser.
  • Easy to use: Intuitive user-led design, with easy to follow step-by-step guides.
  • Secure: Data encrypted during transit and at rest. ISO27001 and Cyber Security Essentials Plus certified.
  • Your data in one place: Connect your data with APIs, Zapier, Salesforce, Google Analytics, and more.
  • Support: Help when you need it, through email and telephone.

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.

Example 1:

Create the poll or survey and add the questions you want to ask

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 :

  • Receive an email for each vote.
  • Allow voters to add comments in the poll.
  • Allow voters to see (or not), other people's votes.

The module will give you an URL link to your survey to allow people to vote with any web browser...

Ask your employees, colleagues or partners to vote

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!

Read and download the poll results

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.


  • Secure, cloud-based environment
  • Competitive pricing to fit your organization’s needs
  • Easy setup & online management
  • Expert technical support
  • Real-time results