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Our Types of Polls
A straw poll is a voting that can be used to help people to easily determine the opinion of a group or the public on some issue. Straw polls are very useful when only the majority opinion is important and not the opinion of each individual participant.
Private or public polls
Avoidance of duplicate voting
StrawPoll Meetings is a great and simple tool to schedule meetings and other times with clients, colleagues or friends. A meeting poll is very helpful in situations where the opinion of each individual participant is important.
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How to make a Strawpoll
Add your question above, avoid using vague or biased language.
Add all possible answer options. Hit the picture icon to add picture answers
Click share and distribute your strawpoll to your audience
Have confidence in your Results
We use a Google derived fingerprint technology to protect your results against strawpoll bots and other common strawpoll hacks. There is no point conducting a strawpoll if you have no confidence in the results, we ensure your results are highly accurate.
Take a peek at the settings tab to dial up or down your preferred security level.
Set Start and End Times
Set your strawpoll start and end dates automatically. Got a time sensitive strawpoll question you wish to start and end automatically? Setup your start and end times on the Advanced section of the settings tab above. Your startpoll will automatically start and stop and be sensitive to various timezones.
Run one Stawpoll on Facebook, Twitter and more
On the share tab you’ll see a number of ways to share your strawpoll. Post a link directly to facebook, twitter or embed it directly on your website, this allows you to engage audiences from everywhere to sample the largest possible
number of views and opinions.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do strawpolls last?
You may run your strawpoll for as long as your audience is engaged. We do not set limits on the length of time a strawpoll may run. You may wish to run a monthly strawpoll to compare opinions over time or check your graphs to see how sharply voter engagment is falling.
In our experience 5-7 days allows enough time for most strawpolls to reach adequate vote counts.
Can I edit my strawpoll?
You can manage existing strawpolls by logging into the Dashboard. You’ll be able to copy, delete and even manage the security of your existing strawpolls.
Can I hide results?
You may wish to hide the results from your strawpoll voters in order to reduce manipulation and hacking. Hit the settings tab above to see the option to do this.
Can I create a stawpoll with pictures?
Yes simply hit the image icon next to either the question or answer options in the strawpoll maker to upload or search for images.
How do I run a strawpoll on my website?
When you hit share you’ll see an option to embed the strawpoll on your website. Copy and paste the embed code directly into your content management system to run the strawpoll on your website.
Ho do I run a strawpoll on facebook
Yes our strawpolls are compatible with facebook. Simply grab the link for your strawpoll on the share page and post the URL to facebook.
What is a strawpoll?
A Strawpoll is an informal means of measuring interest and opinions for a particular question. Strawpolls often lead to more formal polls in which you engage a wider audience with stricter security measures and apply sampling tests to ensure your poll represents the views of your audience.
It is believed the term strawpoll derived from the practice of holding a straw in the wind to see which direction the wind is blowing.
Are strawpolls accurate?
We aim to improve the accuracy of your strawpoll by implementing a number of security measures to prevent voter fraud. We utilize a Google developed digital fingerprint to identify voter manipulation and remove these votes from your results. You may control these measures using the ‘Settings’ tab above.
Tips to make your strawpoll successful
Avoid loaded questions
A study showed a picture of a basketball player and asked half of an audience ‘How tall do you estimate the player to be’ and the other half ‘How short do you estimate the player to be’ the average height varied by 6 inches. Try and keep the language in your strawpoll neutral.
Show all possible answer options
Your strawpoll should container all possible answers otherwise you risk skewing results towards an option which isn’t representative of your audiences views. Fortunately we allow you to have an ‘Other’ option in your strawpoll
Don’t ask questions your audience has already answered. Attention is precious commodity online and our own data has show straw polls with pictures command approximately a 30% higher engagement rate.
Use the Strawpoll Dashboard
Log into the Dashboard to manage your strawpoll. You copy and edit existing strawpolls if for example you find a typo or an excellent answer option you have not already considered
Straw poll – Wikipedia
A straw poll, straw vote, or straw ballot is an ad hoc or unofficial vote. It is used to show the popular opinion on a certain matter, and can be used to help politicians know the majority opinion and help them decide what to say in order to gain votes.
Straw polls provide dialogue among movements within large groups.  Impromptu straw polls often are taken to see if there is enough support for an idea to devote more meeting time to it, and (when not a secret ballot) for the attendees to see who is on which side of a question. However, in meetings subject to Robert’s Rules of Order, motions to take straw polls are not allowed. 
Among political bodies, straw polls often are scheduled for events at which many people interested in the polling question can be expected to vote. Sometimes polls conducted without ordinary voting controls in place (i. e., on an honor system, such as in online polls) are also called “straw polls”.
The idiom may allude to a straw (thin plant stalk) held up to see in what direction the wind blows, in this case, the wind of group opinion. 
United States politics
A formal straw poll is common in American political caucuses. Such straw polls can be taken before selecting delegates and voting on resolutions. The results of straw polls are taken by the media to influence delegates in caucus later (as well as delegates to political conventions), and thus serve as important precursors. Straw polls are also scheduled informally by other organizations interested in the U. S. presidential election.
Well-known American straw polls include the Ames Straw Poll and the Texas Straw Poll, both conducted on behalf of their respective state Republican Party organizations. Being run by private organizations, they are not subject to public oversight or verifiability. However, they provide important interactive dialogue among movements within large groups, reflecting trends like organization and motivation. 
The Ames straw poll achieved a reputation as a meaningful straw poll during the presidential campaign because of its large voter turnout and relatively high media recognition, as well as Iowa’s being the first state to vote in caucuses before the primaries. In 2015 the Iowa Republican Party voted to abolish the poll, after a majority of presidential candidates declined to participate. The Iowa State Fair Straw Polls for both the Republican and Democratic races were conducted at the Iowa State Fair instead.
The U. territory of Guam holds a presidential straw poll during every presidential election, despite the island’s having no official say in the election.
Other types of polls
Straw polls are contrasted with opinion polls, usually conducted by telephone and based on samples of the voting public. Straw polls can also be contrasted with honor-system polls (such as online polls), in which ordinary voting controls are absent. In an ordinary event-based straw poll, controls common to elections are enforced: voting twice is prohibited; polls are not open for inordinately long periods of time; interim results are not publicized before polls close; etc. Honor-system polls may be conducted wholly online, conducted at one location over a period of months, conducted with interim results publicized, or even conducted with explicit permission to vote multiple times.
The meaning of results from the varying poll types is disputed. Opinion polls are generally conducted with statistical selection controls in place and are thus called “scientific”, while straw polls and honor-system polls are conducted among self-selected populations and are called “unscientific”. However, as predictors of poll results among larger populations (i. e., elections), each method has known flaws.
A margin of error is intrinsic in any subset polling method, and is a mathematical function of the difference in size between the subset and the larger population; sampling error is constant across different poll methods with the same sample sizes. Selection bias, nonresponse bias, or coverage bias occurs when the conditions for subset polling significantly differ from the conditions for the larger poll or election; event-based straw polls, where registration often closely mirrors voter registration, suffer less from nonresponse bias than opinion polls, where inclusion generally means owning a landline phone, being the party that answers the phone, being willing to answer the poll questions, and being a “likely voter” based on pollster criteria. Response bias occurs when respondents do not indicate their true beliefs, such as in bias due to intentional manipulation by respondents, haste, social pressure, or confusion; such biases may be present in any polling situation. Wording of questions may also inject bias, although this is more likely in a telephone setting than in an event-based ballot setting.
By relying on identity information, such as that publicly traceable to telephone numbers or voter registration addresses and that voluntarily provided by respondents such as age and gender, polls can be made more scientific. Straw polls may be improved by: asking identity questions, tracing group-based trends, and publishing statistical studies of the data. Opinion polls may be improved by more closely mirroring the larger poll or election anticipated, such as in wording of questions and inclusion procedure. Honor-system polls may be improved by adding ordinary voting controls; for example, online polls may rely on established social-networking and identity providers for verification to minimize multiple voting.
Straw polls for the Republican Party presidential primaries, 2012
^ a b Vote on the Michigan Republican debate – The Debates –
^ a b My Open Letter To Ron Paul Supporters – Political Capital with John Harwood –
^ Robert, Henry M. ; et al. (2011). Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th ed. ). Philadelphia, PA: Da Capo Press. p. 429. ISBN 978-0-306-82020-5. A motion to take an informal straw poll to “test the water” is not in order because it neither adopts nor rejects a measure and hence is meaningless and dilatory.
^ Christine Ammer. The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms (New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1997)
^ E. Cobham Brewer. Brewers Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (London: Cassell, 1894)
^ William Safire. Safire’s Political Dictionary (New York:, Random House, 1978)
Frequently Asked Questions about straw poll creator
Are straw polls unscientific?
Opinion polls are generally conducted with statistical selection controls in place and are thus called “scientific”, while straw polls and honor-system polls are conducted among self-selected populations and are called “unscientific”.
How do you create a poll on telegram?
Create a straw poll.Type +strawpoll# into the text box. … Tap Send.Type your poll question and tap Send.Type the first possible answer and tap Send.Enter all possible answers the same way you did the first. … Share the URL with everyone who should vote on the poll.
How do you make a straw poll on discord?
: an unofficial vote taken (as at a chance gathering) to indicate the relative strength of opposing candidates or issues. — called also straw poll.