Survey Slider Questions And How to Use Them

Last week we introduced our 5-Pack of Custom Survey Questions – a new summer promo that extends the functionality of SurveyGizmo using add-on question types.

Today we want to dig in a little more with one of our most popular new custom question types: the slider survey question.

What is a Slider Survey Question?

Slider survey question types are usually used for questions whose answers are on a scale (such as, “On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you rate SurveyGizmo’s Survey Tools?” or “How much do you agree with the following statement?”). They offer a different, more usable take on the traditional range question type (in fact, there’s one key difference between a slider question type and a range question type: the slider has an indicated starting point. Users can either choose to keep the initial starting point, or drag the slider to agree with their preferences).

By offering the ability to slide a bar on a visual line, researchers can improve the usability of their surveys, and also receive much more nuanced responses from survey takers.

What do you use them for?

You can use slider survey questions for any number of purposes. Here are a few example survey questions:

  • How often do you bike to work?
  • What percent of your income do you give to charity?
  • How much do you agree with the following statement?
  • Where do you fall on the U.S. political spectrum (left, right, in-between)?

As you can see, any time you’re looking to measure the degree of something, a slider may be the right question type for you.

How do I Set Up Sliders?

If you already have access to the 5-Pack of Custom Survey Questions, you should find them in your account the next time you create a survey.

When setting up your slider questions, there are a number of different options – you can add different units, labels, and even tell the system where you want the slider to start.

What Else Can I Do With Sliders?

Our slider survey question type is extremely flexible, giving you the ability to customize it like crazy.

You can use CSS to change the graphics on the slider, doing things like:

  • Changing the color of the slider
  • Adding a gradient to the overall slider feel
  • Changing the slider “handle” from a bar to an image

We’re excited to have added sliders to our feature list as a custom question type. We hope you get a lot of use out of them!

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