Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is lesson 274. The title of today's lesson is the difference between poll and survey. Yeah. Sometimes I get student ask me, you know, the question what's the difference between a poll on a survey. So that's what we're going to cover here. All tight. Let's take a look at that note. A poll usually just focuses on one question. A single question, and will often have multiple choice answers. Sometimes only two. Like if it were two candidates running for office, you know. Do you vote for this person or that person ? Sometimes it could be in the primaries, where there's three, four or five candidates. and then your multiple choice will be you know A this person, B this person, C or they may even have another as a choice too. Polls tend to be political in nature. Yeah. So we're probably going to have more polls about politics than, than most other things. Often directly about voting or being in favor or against some issue, some issue in society or maybe some issue that the government is going to be voting on Whether you're for it or against it. So, Yeah. So polls tend to be mostly this way. So you got like fifty, fifty-five percent for it. Forty -five percent against it. Or they may have undecided as a possible option as well. Okay. Let's continue. Polls are often paid by a company , political party, news network , etc. Yeah some may after worrying I mean there's been more talk recently how how easy it is sometimes to skew polls. You know especially since it's just one question. Very often you know, a lot of the political parties or news networks when they take a poll. Sometimes they want it to favor one side or another. Whatever, whatever their agenda is, in favor of they want it to favor that. So sometimes they could skew a poll several ways. Sometimes they can do it with what they call oversampling. Maybe if they ask more people in one area or in one party than another party. That could actually skew a poll. Or maybe they might revert they may change the question in such a way that it would favor whatever outcome they want. And then there's even more talk that there might be even more ways to skew poles today, because a lot of times since the companies that are paying for them want certain results they know that these companies can actually buy Information on people like them you know, Facebook or Twitter and they could check out you know, what websites you go to, or if you post anything, and then they have a really good, then really good idea which side you may vote for. So polls can be skewed. So you got to be very careful about polls. All right. Let's take a look at a survey, What's a survey ? A survey will usually ask many questions, and may have a very wide range of questions. Surveys are usually more time-consuming. Yeah. Because they may ask 10 questions or 20 questions. So that could sometimes take time and many are done by companies to get feedback on their products and services. Yeah. Some companies they want this. They want to know if somebody tried their product before or have they ever heard of their company ? or what do they do they like or don't like. So the questions can vary, and you know, you could have someone standing there for a while asking the questions. So a lot of times when you're stopped in the streets, especially by like students or do something. And they'll ask, will you do this ? You might be standing there for about 5 minutes or 10 minutes or something answering all their questions So surveys tend to be longer, and they may have many many more questions. Okay. Let's continue, my company to feedback on the products that some other surveys could be done by researchers as well to collect on information about a particular subject. You know, maybe something to do with psychology or sociology could be anything like that. Because surveys are more time-consuming, respondents are sometimes offered a free gift to participate. Well they know, that you know, the average person doesn't want to stand there for five or ten minutes. So maybe they'll offer you some T-shirt or a pen or it's usually something that's pretty cheap. But still it's for free. So sometimes people do it. That's what they may do in order to encourage you to take your time to answer the survey. Okay. Anyway I hope it's kind of clear. I hope you can see like the big difference between poll it's usually just a single question and just a little multiple choice answer.Surveys are usually many questions and multiple, you know , many many questions and of course they offer you sometimes a free gift on it and often done for feedback. Okay, Anyway , I hope you got it . I hope it id clear. Thank you for your time . Bye-bye.