Web Surveys for All Types of Questions

When you view a Web survey, the controls that allow data entry are called "objects". These include radio buttons, check boxes, text boxes, dropdown menus, and sliders. The objects are part of your Web browser and are displayed using standard HTML

StatPac Web surveys offer variety and versatility in the layout of the objects. When creating a Web survey, StatPac will take it's best guess at which layout is best for each question... and usually it's right, but you can easily change it to any object or layout you want. A single command is used to select the type of object and its layout.

This page contains sample layouts for the various Web survey objects. They have not been doctored in any way. These are exact samples of what you'll be able to create... effortlessly!
 

Radio buttons Check boxes Text boxes Dropdown menus Sliders


Radio buttons

  Radio buttons are used in Web surveys when you want the respondent to select only one answer from a list. They are are mutually exclusive (i.e., the respondent can only select one choice).

Single column vertical format

When there are only a few mutually exclusive choices, radio buttons are often displayed in a single column vertical format. The command used to create this example was: Radio Age

How old are you?
   Under 18
   18-24
   25-34
   35-44
   45 or Older

Two column format

When a question contains more than half a dozen choices, they are often displayed in two columns in order to save screen space. The order in which the response choices are presented can be randomized. Additionally, a text box can be placed adjacent to any choice (usually used for the "Other - please specify"). The command used to create this example was: Radio (2) Fruit

What is your favorite fruit?
  Pineapple
  Cantaloupe
  Oranges
  Apples
  Pears
  Bananas
  Grapes
  Other  

Horizontal format

Likert scale questions are often presented in a horizontally. The horizontal format is ideal where there are few choices with short answers. Numeric values and be shown or not shown with the response choice labels. The command used to create this example was: Radio (H) Rating

How would you rate the new feature?

Very
Good

Good

Fair

Poor

Very
 Poor

   

Horizontal matrix format

Horizontal matrix formats are useful when a series of questions can be logically grouped together and all have the same response choices. The order of the questions can be randomized. Numerical values can be placed next to some or all of the response choices. For example, you wouldn't want the "No Opinion" choice to have a numerical value. The command used to create this example was: Radio (-) Opinion1 - Opinion4

Please indicate your level of agreement or disagreement with each of the following statements.

 

Strongly
Agree

 

 

 

Strongly
Disagree

No
Opinion

 

1

2

3

4

5

 

Cutting military spending would be the best way to reduce the deficit.
If all loopholes and deductions were eliminated, a flat tax on income would be fair to all taxpayers.
The existing tax laws are fair to all taxpayers.
We should replace the federal income tax with a national sales.

Side-by-side horizontal matrix format

In some surveys, there are two response scales for each question. These can be presented as two separate horizontal matrices, or they can be displayed side-by-side. The command used to create this example was: Radio (C) Q1a - Q6b

Please rate the quality of each product attribute and how important it would be in your purchasing decision.

 

Very
Good

Good

Fair

Poor

Very
Poor

 

Low

Medium

High

Nutrition  
Color  
Smell  
Taste  
Texture  
Packaging  

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Dropdown menus and list boxes

When there are too many possible responses for radio buttons, dropdown menus are used instead. Screen space is at a premium in Web surveys and dropdown menus use very little space. List boxes do not save space. They are just another way to display response choices that could be shown with a single column radio button format.

 
The command used to create this example was: Dropdown State
 
Where is your company based?
  

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Check boxes

   

Multiple response questions use check boxes. Radio buttons allow respondents to only select one choice. Check boxes let respondents select more than one choice. Several validity checks can be performed (e.g., select at least x check boxes, select exactly x check boxes, and select up to x check boxes).

Single column vertical format

When there are only a few items to select, a single column vertical format works well. If the response choice text is very long (i.e., complete sentences or phrases) then the single column vertical format is a good choice. The command used to create this example was: Checkbox HearAbout1 - HearAbout4

Where did you hear about StatPac?
(Please select all that apply)
   Internet
   Magazine or Newsletter
   Word of mouth
   Other

Two column format

When screen space is at a premium, check boxes can be displayed in two columns. The command used to create this example was: Checkbox (2) Q5_1 - Q5_8

5. What geographic area(s) have you been targeting for expanding operations? (Please select all that apply)
   North America
   Central America
   Europe
   Asia
   China
   Australia
   Africa
   Middle East

Horizontal format

Multiple response checkboxes can also be presented in horizontal format. The command to create the Web object is easy to change from one format to another, so you can easily try the different formats to see what looks best. The command used to create this example was: Checkbox (H) Day1 - Day7

What day(s) do you work at your part-time job?
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday  
   

Horizontal matrix format

Check boxes can also be displayed in a matrix format. When a series of multiple response questions can be logically grouped together and all have the same response choices, the matrix format is a good choice. The command used to create this example was: Checkbox Q1_1 - Q3_4

What is your involvement with the purchase of each of the following applications?

 

Determine
 need

Evaluate

Select

Approve

Accounting software
Database software
Network software

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Text boxes

Text boxes are frequently used in Web surveys. They allow the respondent enter free form text rather than selecting from a set of response choices. Text boxes can be used to rank items, to enter numeric responses, or to enter open-ended text.

Single line format

A single line text box is used when the expected response is brief or will be numeric. While a single line text box can accommodate as much text as you want, the respondent will only see the text that is displayed in the text box window at any given time. When longer responses are expected, a multiple line text box is preferred. The command used to create this example was: Textbox (1) Email

Please type your email address.
  

Multiple line format

When you expect that the respondents will type long responses consisting of one or more sentences, a multiple line text box is preferred. You can limit respondent's answers to a specific number of characters and display a progress indicator bar underneath the text box to show them how much they've typed and how much is left. The command used to create this example with a progress indicator was: Textbox (P) Suggestions

What changes should we make to improve next year's conference?

Grouped single line format

The most common use of grouped text boxes is when there are a series of questions that can logically be grouped together, all requiring a numeric response. The command used to create this example was: Textbox Prices - Dividends

What has been the PERCENTAGE CHANGE during the last 12 months?
   % Prices of your products
   % Revenue
   % Earnings
   % Dividends

When you want the sum of the numeric responses to add to 100, you can modify the command to provide a "total" cell to make it easier for the respondent to know what's left. The command used to create this example was: Textbox Growth1 - Growth4 /T

Allocate 100 points to reflect how your firm will grow during the next 12 months.
   Growth from sales
   Growth from acquisitions
   Growth from partnerships
   Growth from licensing arrangements
   Total

In another example, you might want respondents to rank a group of items, say 1, 2, and 3. You can create various validity checks to control the responses (e.g., no duplicate ranks, all three ranks must be specified, etc.). Two commands were used to create this example, one for the text boxes and one for the validity check:
Textbox Priority1 - Priority6
Rank (3) Priority1 - Priority6

Rank your top three priorities (1, 2, 3) over the next 12 months, where 1 is most important.
          Reduce cost
          Lower inventory
          Increase customer base
          Improve service
          Increase profit
          Reduce product defects

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Sliders

Sliders are a alternative method of collecting psychometric data

Sliders are a good method to present psychometric scaling questions in a visual perspective. Instead of asking a respondent to type a number between 0 and 100, you ask them to move the slider to a position on the scale.  Sliders are not a standard Web object, but rather a special feature in StatPac Web survey software. The command used to create this example was:
Slider (Pessimism/Optimism Rating, Very Pessimistic, Neutral, Very Optimistic) Economy
 

 

Pessimism/Optimism Rating

  Very Pessimistic

Neutral

Very Optimistic

 
 

 
On a scale of 0 to 100, what is your opinion about the future of our economy?

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