Best online survey and polling tool – Google Docs.

by Ankur Jain on December 30, 2008

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If you are planning to conduct a free online survey or a poll, don’t look beyond Google Docs. It has all the features you want and is easy to set up. Though there are oldies in the market like PollDaddy but the free options provided by them are very much restrictive in nature. PollDaddy only allows 100 survey responses/month . The other one that came on #1 position of Google Search on the term “free online survey” provides 20 survey/month only. There seems to be no such restriction with Google Docs.

With Google docs you can get as many survey responses as you want and is not difficult to set up either. Here is a step-by-step guide to set up an online survey using Google docs-

  1. Log into Google Docs using your Google Account id.
  2. Choose New > Form. [To speed up, you also have the option to choose a template form. Google keeps on adding new templates to gallery.]  google-docs-menu
  3. Fill in your survey questions. Your survey questions can be in the form of text, multiple choice questions(radio buttons), drop downs, on a scale , free text(big rectangular box for detailed answers). google-docs-poll-survey
  4. You will see a URL on the bottom, that’s the URL to your survey.
  5. The answers will get collected in an spreadsheet residing in your Google Account.
  6. To get notified as soon as someone submits a form click on See Responses > Spreadsheet.
    Google Online Poll
  7. Once you are on the spreadsheet go to Tools > Notifications rules.notification
  8. Set the notification rules. If you want to receive a mail as soon as someone fills in the form check Notify Me When A user submits a form checkbox and Notify Me With Email Right Away checkbox.rules

You are done. Gozar!

Mike December 30, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Thank you for sharing this one. It sounds better than the widget provided in Blogger. Just one (probably stupid) question. Is the url you use the front page of your blog? Or is it the post url?

ROW December 30, 2008 at 11:12 AM

I assume you are talking about the survey URL. If yes, survey is hosted on itself and has not anything to do with your blog.

Ray Chang August 18, 2009 at 9:28 PM

Can you add attachments to this form?

ROW August 18, 2009 at 9:38 PM

To the Google Docs form? No, that’s not possible.

joseph December 24, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Thank you. This information is very helpful for me because i am finding this type of tools so.. Now the end of finding…

Shantanu July 15, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Is there a way we can prevent one user to vote multiple number of times?

rimz December 8, 2010 at 1:12 PM

what about the data security issues?

AdrianD September 25, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I have been a client with and have seen them introducing many new things in their products which is very neccessary for a survey tool. really appreciate their products approach.

Nina September 29, 2012 at 4:45 PM

SoGoSurvey is in the technical and scientific survey business from almost a decade, and is slowly spreading its wings and are more concerned on offering a high end technical product, rather than gaining online popularity.

Joanna Brendon April 22, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Hello Nina!
I agree with you. SoGoSurvey IS the best survey tool. Especially their high-end reporting tools.

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