Multiple choice questions allow respondents to select one or more answers from a defined list of response alternatives. They are an essential part of surveys, quizzes, polls and more.
How do I add multiple choice questions to my survey?
- Go to your survey, click on and choose question.
- The multiple choice question is the default option, so click next.
- Type in your question and change the typography (bold, italic, and underline). Use merge fields to personalize your survey.
- Type in your response options. You can copy, move, and delete them by using the actions menu.
- When you are satisfied with your question, click next.
- Now you can set up the question settings:
- Final response option is open-ended: enable this setting to allow your respondents to elaborate their answer. This setting is only possible for the last response option. This could, for example, be useful if your last response option is “Other. Please elaborate.”
- Answer is required: this setting is enabled by default. Disable it if you don’t want your question to be mandatory.
- Allow multiple answers: enable this setting to allow your respondents to multiple answers. If you enable the setting, you will be able to select a constraint (all, range or exact) of response options respondents are allowed to fill out.
- Radio buttons: select the question's layout and decide how your response options are visually presented to your respondents. You can choose between radio buttons and drop-down menu. Please note that if you have enabled the allow multiple answers setting, this setting will disappear.
- Randomize response options: enable this setting to ensure the order of response alternatives is not the same for all respondents.
- When you have finalized your question and customized the settings, click add.
Multiple choice questions in reports
As you know, you can add different types of charts to your reports: frequency, comparison, time series, and counter charts. Nevertheless, the choice of using multiple questions in your survey has consequences in your reporting charts.
Frequency charts show how the response frequency is distributed among the different response alternatives.
- Go to your report, click and select frequency.
- Select the variable the chart will be based on, in this case, a multiple choice question, and click add. Your chart will be created and added to your report immediately.
Frequency charts based on multiple choice questions are, by default, displayed with vertical bars. However, depending on the question's settings, you can choose between several layout options.
Bars (horizontal and vertical)
|Stacked bars (horizontal and vertical)||Stacked bars 100% (horizontal and vertical)||Gauge|
Open answers in frequency charts
If you enabled the final response option is open-ended setting, then your open answers will appear underneath the respective chart. To be able to see the open answers in your PDF report, you have to create a copy of the chart and change it to an open answers chart.
- Go to your report.
- Click on the actions menu and click copy.
- Select the chart you want to copy and click copy.
- Click on the newly created chart and select open answers under layout. Your changes will be saved immediately.
- Close the edit chart menu.
- Open the side menu and select download.
- Under the file format, open the dropdown and select PDF.
- Under report content, select charts and open answers.
- Finally, click download*.
Your open answers will be at the end of your PDF report.
* This feature is only available in the paid plans. Check out our plans.
Time series charts
A time series chart is an illustration of data points at successive time intervals.
- Go to your report, click and select time series*.
- Select the variable the chart will be based on and click next.
- Select the time variable you will be crossing the previous variable with. You can choose between survey startup time and survey invitation time.
- Once you've chosen your second variable, click next.
- Choose a time period for your chart. You can define your own time period or use the drop-down menu to choose a predefined time period.
- Once you've chosen a time period, click add.
- Your chart will be created and added to your report immediately.
* This feature is only available in the PRO and PRO+ plans. Check out or plans.
Time series charts based on multiple choice questions are, by default, displayed as zoomable bars. However, the available chart types for time series are bars (vertical), stacked bars (vertical), stacked bars 100%, line, area (zoomable), bars (zoomable). Depending on the chart type, you can choose between different data formats.
|Bars (vertical)||Stacked bars (vertical)||
Stacked bars 100% (vertical)
|Line||Area (zoomable)||Bars (zoomable)|
Counter charts can help you keep an eye on your goals. Counter charts count one variable and allow you to set a target, so you can watch as you reach it!
- Go to your report, click and select counter.
- Click on the variable the chart will be based on.
- Define your count by selecting the category (or categories) you will be counting and click next.
- Under name, you can give your chart a descriptive name. The chart will take on the name of the variable it is based on.
- Under target, define the target's format (percentage/number) or choose to not specify your target. If you choose the latter, the target will be the same as the total amount of respondents.
- Click add and your chart will be created and added to your report immediately.
Counter charts are at the moment only based on rating scale questions and are, by default, displayed as gauge charts. The available chart types for counter charts are gauge, circle, and text.