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Creating a Poll in Zoom

This guide will take you through the steps of creating a poll in a Zoom virtual classroom as the host. If you are not the host of the session, you will not be able to create a poll during the session. 

Polls can be created in a session if you:  Polls cannot be created in a session if you:  
 * Are the host  * Are not the host
 * Have had the meeting scheduled for you.   * Are an alternative or co-host
 * Start the meeting from VU Collaborate  * Start the session from the Zoom app
 * Start the meeting from "Schedule a meeting" on the Zoom website    * Start the meeting from "Host a meeting" on the Zoom website  

The Zoom website for staff and students of VU is can access settings and reports here but if you schedule a meeting here, it will not be available for students in VU Collaborate.

Polls can be used when you are an Alternative Host, only if the original host of the session or the creator of the sessions creates and imports polls within each session before they begin. 


This guide will cover the following:



Create Zoom Poll during a meeting

1. From your Zoom meeting control, look for the Polls / Quizzes option.

Create poll from share screen 

2. A popup will appear, click on Create button to create new,
Or Launch your existing questions.

create a poll

3. A blank poll will be ready for editing.

  • Click on the title 'Untitled Poll' to give the poll a name.
  • You can also select another Poll type (multi-select, matching...)
  • Fill out the question and relevant choices.

fill out the poll detail

4. You can add more questions to your poll by selecting + Add Question.

add more question button

5. Delete or Duplicate any question by clicking on the 3 dots (...) option underneath the question and its answers.

duplicate delete poll options

6. You have the option to keep results completely anonymous.
To do this, select the three dots (...) on the bottom right of the screen.

Results shown on the screen during the session do not show names with responses no matter which option you choose. Reports can be generated afterwards to show the names of the people who wrote responses. 

anonymous response option 

7. Once done, select Save.

save button

16. Once all questions have been added to the desired poll and saved.
You will find the poll located in a creation list section for the current meeting. You may add multiple polls to the meeting by clicking Add to create another poll.

Add New Poll

17. When finished, go back to your current Zoom session by minimising the internet browser. In the session, select Polls on the Zoom Navbar to activate your planned polls.

Create poll from share screen

18. Select the poll you want to launch from the drop-down menu by selecting the dropdown arrow next to edit.

You will not have this option if only one Poll was created within the Zoom Portal Site.

Multiple polls

19. Select the poll of your choice and click on Launch Poll button at the bottom of the window. This will activate the Poll for all participants within the session to see and respond to.

sready to launch poll

20. Whilst participants are answering the poll questions, you will be able to see the amount and percentage of participants who have answered as well as how long the poll has been available.

Once a participant has answered the poll, it will disappear from their screen.

21. Once all ( or enough ) participants have answered the poll, you can then select End Poll to end the poll for all.

End Poll to end the poll for all participants in the session 

22. When the poll is ended, the result will show up for you, but not for participants. To share these same results with participants, select Share Results.

Select Share Results to share the results of the poll with all participants

You may re-launch the poll by selecting Re-launch Poll to reset and restart it if needed.

23. If shared, you now have a chance to discuss the results with the participants as they will have the results appear on their screen.

When you are ready to stop, select Stop Sharing and the results will automatically disappear from the participant's screen. You will need to close the page for it to move from your screen.

poll result sharing

24. Once completed, if you require to activate the second or multiple polls, repeat step 14 onwards, making sure to select the correct poll from the dropdown selection.

Multiple polls


Downloading results from the Zoom Poll

You can also download the results from the Zoom poll.

1. Click on the picture below to see a video demonstrating how to download the results from a Zoom poll.

zoom poll download


Creating a poll before beginning the session 

You can also upload poll questions before a class using a .csv file.

1. Click on the title of the Zoom session and scroll down to the end to access the polling option. There is an example .csv template file you can download by selecting the link Download a CSV Template which shows how to format the questions.

Zoom polling download template

Note: The CSV formatting determines the style and number of poll questions. 

  • For multiple questions within a poll (e.g. Polling1), do NOT leave a blank row between each question.
  • If you have multiple polls in one session, ensure a blank row is added between each Poll (see example below).

polling template

2. Complete the template, save it as a CSV file, and then upload it using Import CSV under the saved session schedule. 

Zoom polling import template

3. You can also preview the polling questions after importing, to ensure all the questions are correctly added.

Preview polling questions after importing


See this video for the steps on how to create the polls before a session.


Creating an Advanced Zoom Poll or Quiz

Advance Polls can be created before or during a Zoom session, and provide a wider range of questions (single choice, multiple-choice, matching, rank order, short answer, long answer, fill in the blank, rating scale and quiz). To learn how to create an Advance Poll see the Zoom guide Advanced polling and quizzing for meetings.

See the instructional video from the Zoom team below.



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