Run a Multiple choice poll

  • 27 April 2021
  • 6 replies

Userlevel 3

Use the multiple choice poll to learn more about the audience’s preferences and opinions, and to test their knowledge.


In this article:


Create a multiple choice poll

  1. Open your Slido event
  2. Go to Live polls
  3. Select Multiple choice
  4. Type in your question and the answer options
  5. Hit Launch to activate your poll instantly or select Save to use it later
Creating a multiple choice poll


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:

  1. Activate the poll by clicking the green play button (not needed if you hit Launch when creating the poll)
  2. 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.


Testing a multiple choice poll



Run a multiple choice poll


When you’re ready to run your poll during the meeting, activate the poll and open Present mode


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.


Running a multiple choice poll in present mode


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.



You can lock voting which stops participants from voting while keeping the poll active and showing the results.



Curious about more?


6 replies

Is it possible to display the result of a poll in multiple ways? eg I have a multiple choice question which allows people to select 5 best responses from a list of 24. I want to see everyone’s results for this as a the standard horizontal bar graph and also want to display the results as a word cloud on the next slide. Can I create a word cloud from my multiple choice results?

Userlevel 4

Hi @goosetogo,

It’s not possible to display poll results in multiple ways at the moment, but you can export your results and format your responses into graphs or other visuals.

Polls will only show you results in one format (i.e. word cloud polls will show a word cloud), but you can export your responses into Excel or Google sheets and then format the results.

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions :)

Is it possible to create a multiple choice but only have two of the three choices count in the total percentage? For example, in our board votes we have for, against, or abstain but only the For(s) and Against(s) count in whether the vote passes or not.  Thank you, Tina

Userlevel 4

Hey @TinaB,

At the moment, all options in the multiple choice poll will count in the total percentage. As a workaround, you could show the number of votes instead of percentages or you could export your results and then remove the ‘abstain’ option from the exported sheet.

Does this help? :)

Is there a limit on how many choices we can put in?

Userlevel 3

Hi @JDresser

There isn’t a strict limit on how many choices can be input, however, there are character limits for Polls & Q&A

Just for reference, the character limit is 256 characters, but there is a workaround to add a poll description

Hope this helps!