How to make a poll in Google Forms in 2024

Google Forms is a versatile tool that you can use for a variety of purposes, from data collection to event organization and much more. With the right setup, you can use it to create polls, too.

In this blog post, we’ll give you a step-by-step guide on how to create a poll using Google Forms. We’ll also show you how you can use Jotform as a more intuitive and powerful alternative for conducting polls.

How to make a poll in Google Forms

Making a poll in Google Forms is relatively straightforward; just follow the steps below.

  1. Open Google Forms.
  2. Create a new blank form. 

Because there are no dedicated poll templates in Google Forms, you’ll need to create a new form from scratch. Add a title and description if you wish.

Forms webpage interface showing options to start a new form, template gallery, and a list of recent forms
  1. Add poll questions.

Add your poll questions by clicking the + Add question button in the vertical menu to the right of the first question field.

Online poll creation interface with a multiple-choice question on age range and an option to add more questions

As you’re creating your poll in Google Forms, make sure to keep it short. “Even your most loyal customers probably don’t want to spend half an hour filling out a survey,” says Kalin Kassabov, founder and CEO of ProTexting. “The longer a survey is, the lower your response rate will be.”

  1. Add response options. 

Providing preset answer options makes it easier to track, manage, and report on your poll’s results.

You can select how to display answer options (e.g. multiple choice) from the dropdown menu associated with each question. Keep your answer options as short as possible here too. Just as no one wants to answer a lot of questions, they don’t want to scroll through a bunch of answer options either.

Survey interface with a multiple-choice question about favorite music genre and various question type options on the side
  1. Customize your poll. 

Click the palette icon in the upper right to customize the theme of your poll. Change fonts and colors or add a header image to make your poll more engaging.

Online form editor showing age range and favorite music genre questions with theme customization options
  1. Adjust settings. 

There are two settings in particular that you may wish to change when creating a Google Forms poll. The first is to make every question mandatory. You can require a response to a question by toggling on the Required option in the bottom right corner.

Online survey tool with a question editor highlighting the option to make a question required

You may also want to make your poll anonymous by not collecting email addresses. Respondents may feel more open about sharing their opinions with this option. To do this, click the Settings tab at the top, then expand the Responses section. Toggle off the Collect email addresses option.

Form settings menu showing options for quiz mode, response collection, and email address collection with settings toggles
  1. Preview and share your Google Forms poll. 

Sharing your poll is easy. Click  the Send button in the upper right corner of your screen to copy a shareable link, send your poll directly via email, or get an embed code to add it to your website.

Close-up of an online form interface highlighting the 'Send' button to distribute the form
  1. View responses. 

Select the Responses tab at the top to see your poll’s responses. 

Form response tab displaying a summary of 8 responses with pie chart visualizations for collected data

Why Jotform is a great alternative to Google Forms

Google Forms isn’t the only way to create an online poll. If you want a mobile-friendly alternative to Google Forms, look no further than Jotform.

Unlike Google Forms, Jotform provides over 50 premade templates you can use to create a poll quickly. Whether you want to create a straw poll, a classroom poll, or a political poll, it’s easy to get started.

Additionally, Jotform lets you turn poll results into reports. It also comes with specific poll-related features (like letting users see overall results once they’ve submitted their entries) and top-notch security, including 256-bit SSL encryption and compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

How to create a poll using Jotform

Creating a poll with Jotform is simple. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Choose a template or create a new form.
Jotform's webpage displaying various poll templates for creating online surveys and questionnaires
  1. Customize the form, adding your poll questions and your company’s logo and other design elements. Drag and drop form elements (like multiple- choice questions) from the list on the left and customize the design infrom the Form Designer menu on the right.
Online form editor for a 'Top 25 College Football Poll' with options to add a logo and preview the form
  1. Click Settings to give your poll a title.
Settings tab in a form builder showing the title field for 'Top 25 College Football Poll' and form status option
  1. Click Preview Form to see what your published poll will look like.
Form builder interface focused on the 'Preview Form' button for reviewing the 'Top 25 College Football Poll' form
  1. Share the form with users by clicking the Publish tab to email it directly, create a link or QR code for it, or share it through social media.
Jotform publishing options showing a direct link for sharing the 'Top 25 College Football Poll' form

In addition to the free, ready-to-use poll templates, Jotform offers a powerful drag-and-drop form builder, so it only takes a few minutes to create a poll. Jotform also makes completing a poll convenient for your respondents too. They can access and complete it on any device, including their computer, tablet, or smartphone.

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