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How to create a Facebook poll

Having a hard time making a decision?
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June 12, 2022

Running a Facebook poll for your friends and followers is a great way to get help making decisions, spot-check opinions, and creating some debate. We run polls all the time on Android Authority and Facebook, and want to share how it’s done. There are three major different ways, so let’s take a look!

Related: All Facebook apps and how to use them

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The easiest way to create a Facebook poll is in your Stories. Open the Facebook app, hit Create a Story, and either add or take a picture. Tap on the Stickers option, and select Poll. Enter your question and options, tap on Done, and hit Share.


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How to create a Facebook Story poll

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If you want to poll your pals, it’s impossible to do it as you might expect. You can’t do it via your timeline or News Feed.

That means the only possibility to post a Facebook poll on a personal page, at the moment, is via a Facebook Story. You can ask questions, customize the suggested answers, and then unleash the people to vote for their favorite option, but only in a Facebook Story. You can only do it via the Facebook app on Android and iOS.

How to create a Facebook Story poll:

  1. Open the Facebook app.
  2. You’ll see a reel of Stories up top. Tap on Create story.
  3. Add an image, or take a picture.
  4. During editing, tap on Stickers.
  5. Select Poll.
  6. You’ll be given a prompt: “Ask a question...” with “Yes” and “No” answers. Tap on each to customize.
  7. Once you’re happy, hit Done.
  8. Tap Share.

How to create a Facebook Group poll

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If you’re wondering how to create a Facebook poll in a group, that is possible from your group News Feed. You can also do it from a desktop computer and on the Facebook mobile app for Android or iOS.

How to create a Facebook poll in a group using a PC browser:

  1. Open Facebook.com and go to your Groups.
  2. Then select a group and start sharing something by making a post.
  3. When you click on the text box to get started, you should see a section that says “Add to your post.” Click on the three-dot icon next to it.
  4. Select Poll.
  5. Write your questions and possible answers.
  6. Then make a final decision before posting: Allow anyone to add options or Allow people to choose multiple options. It all depends on what feedback you’re looking for. Once you’re happy, hit post.

How to create a Facebook poll in a group using the mobile app:

  1. Open the Facebook app.
  2. Tap on the three-line menu button.
  3. Go into Groups.
  4. Tap on Your groups.
  5. Select the group you want to add the poll to.
  6. Tap on the text box, as if you were going to write a post.
  7. Scroll down and select Poll.
  8. Add your question and possible answers.
  9. Under Poll settings, select: Allow anyone to add options or Allow people to choose multiple options. It all depends on what feedback you’re looking for. Once you’re happy, hit post.

How to create a Facebook Messenger group chat poll

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Got any group chats on Facebook Messenger? You can also create a poll here!

How to create a poll on Facebook Messenger from a PC browser:

  1. Open Facebook.com and go to your Facebook Messenger.
  2. Go to a group chat.
  3. Hit the + button in the bottom-left corner.
  4. Select the Create a Poll button.
  5. Fill in the question and answers.
  6. Hit the Create Poll button.

How to create a poll on Facebook Messenger from mobile:

  1. Open the Facebook Messenger app.
  2. Go into a group conversation.
  3. Tap on the More button made of four dots, next to the text box.
  4. Tap on Polls.
  5. Fill in the question and answers.
  6. Hit Create Poll when ready.

How to make your Facebook polls engaging and get a high response rate

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Making a poll is only half the battle. Now you have to worry about making a good poll that truly engages your audience. Here are some tips we can recommend.

Make Facebook polls concise, fun, and interesting!

People don’t like reading long paragraphs and going through extensive options. It’s best to keep everything short and sweet. Additionally, you should be able to reach out to your audience in a fun and interesting manner. Of course, how you approach your audience is a relative matter; it depends on what kind of people you are reaching out to. Regardless, you should be welcoming and charismatic in your own way.

Find topics people really care about

No matter how approachable and charismatic you are, people won’t answer questions they find no interest in. You want to find the right topic for your polls, not random things no one cares about. Hot news about your specific niche are always good. Or you can ask your followers about future content preferences.

How many answer options should I add to a Facebook poll?

Again, this is a relative subject. It depends on the subject. Ideally, though, you should add at least three answers to your poll options. Anything over six or seven might start becoming overkill. Like we said before, it’s better to keep things concise, so as to not lose your audience’s attention.

At what time is it best to publish a Facebook poll?

This all depends on your audience, but most experts like Sprout Social and Hootsuite agree that the best times to post anything on social media and get more engagement are Tuesday through Thursday from around 8 AM to 12 PM.


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FAQs

As long as you want them to. You can always go back to them and see the results. The only limitation is when posting a Story poll, which only stays active for 24 hours.

Facebook has removed event polls. We’re not sure if they will return, but we hope so.

Facebook Polls are completely free.

They are, if that’s what you set in the privacy settings. You can limit who sees your posts, stories, or polls.

You can edit Facebook polls until people start participating.