Use the multiple choice poll to learn more about the audience’s preferences and opinions, and to test their knowledge.
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Create a multiple choice poll
- Open your Slido event
- Go to Live polls
- Select Multiple choice
- Type in your question and the answer options
- Hit Launch to activate your poll instantly or select Save to use it later
If your question has a correct answer, click on the circle next to the answer option to mark it as correct.
You can also toggle on the following settings in the top right corner:
Multiple options - allows participants to choose more than one option
Show results as pie chart (BETA) - turns your poll results into a pie chart
Poll description - lets you add text below the poll question
Hide live results - hides results from participants
Poll image - here you can add a picture to your poll question (available in paid plans only)
If you need to make changes to your poll, click the three dots next to your poll and select Edit.
Test your poll and see how it works for your participants
To see how the poll works for your participants:
- Activate the poll by clicking the green play button (not needed if you hit Launch when creating the poll)
- Open Participant mode on the left and submit a test answer
To remove your test answer and make your poll blank, make sure to reset the results by clicking on the three dots next to the poll and selecting Reset poll.
Run a multiple choice poll
To prevent your audience from getting influenced by other participants’ answers, you can hide the results until you get enough votes. Keep an eye on the vote counter in the top right corner and reveal the final results when you’re ready.
By default, answer options are ordered based on popularity and results are displayed as percentages. You can change how results are displayed in event settings.
How we calculate the scores
With the ranking poll, participants essentially give points to each option and the higher someone ranks an option, the more points it receives. Using an example of participants needing to rank 3 options, the option ranked first receives 3 points, the second gets 2 points and the third gets 1 point.
Once voting is over, we count up these points for each option and divide it by the number of people who participated in the ranking poll. This gives us an average, ranked score for each option and the option with the highest score is the most preferred one.
My results do not sum to 100%. Is Slido broken?
First of all, if you have enabled multiple answers for a multiple choice poll, then there is a high chance that the sum of all results will exceed 100%. For example, if every participant chose all of the available options, then each options would display 100% and the sum of all results would be 100% × number of options available. This is expected and should be quite intuitive.
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