How to make an Instagram Poll to ask questions or survey your followers

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How to make an Instagram Poll to ask questions or survey your followers
Instagram Polls allow your followers to interact with your Story. PeopleImages/Getty Images
  • To make an Instagram Poll, start by creating a new Story post by swiping right on Instagram's home screen.
  • Ask a yes or no question or any question with two options, then share the poll to your Story.
  • View the results of your poll at any time within 24 hours of posting by swiping up on the Story slide.
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Whether they're just for fun or for informal research purposes, Instagram Polls are a fun way to interact with your Instagram followers. You can customize the question and the two responses (or stick to a straight-forward yes or no) and choose a background from your camera roll.

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Once responses start rolling in, you can see how your followers voted, and even get a breakdown on how many people voted for each option and who exactly voted for each. After you collect responses, you can share the results with your followers so they can also see how people voted overall (but not who voted for what).

Here's how it's done.

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How to create an Instagram Poll on your Story

1. Open the Instagram app. Tap your profile icon at the top-left of the screen or swipe right to add a Story.

How to make an Instagram Poll to ask questions or survey your followers
If you don't have any live Stories, you can create a new one by tapping your profile icon. Abigail Abesamis Demarest

2. Take a photo by tapping the circle on the bottom of the screen or choose a photo or video from your camera roll to post by tapping the small picture icon at the bottom-left of the screen. You can also tap the "Aa" Create icon to pull up a blank background.

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How to make an Instagram Poll to ask questions or survey your followers
Choose a blank background or a photo from your camera roll as the backdrop for your poll. Abigail Abesamis Demarest

3. Tap the Stickers icon, which looks like a square smiley face, at the top of the screen to pull up a menu of post additions.

How to make an Instagram Poll to ask questions or survey your followers
Tap this icon to add a poll, location tag, GIFs, and more. Abigail Abesamis Demarest

4. In the pop-up menu, tap the Poll icon to ask a question with two answer prompts. To ask a sliding scale question, tap the Sliding Scale icon, which should be located next to the Poll sticker option.

How to make an Instagram Poll to ask questions or survey your followers
Select "Poll" or the sliding scale from the list of options. Abigail Abesamis Demarest

5. Tap the Ask a question… field, then type your question or a quick phrase on whatever topic you want people to vote on. For a regular poll, tap the Yes and No boxes to change the responses, or keep the boxes as-is if that works for your question. For a sliding scale poll, select an emoji to add to the sliding scale.

How to make an Instagram Poll to ask questions or survey your followers
You can edit all three fields in a poll. Abigail Abesamis Demarest

6. When you're finished editing the question and response fields, tap Done.

7. Tap Your Story to share your poll with all your followers, or Close Friends to share the poll with your Close Friends list. You can also search for a friend or choose one from the Suggested list to send the poll via direct message.

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How to make an Instagram Poll to ask questions or survey your followers
Once your poll is ready to be posted, tap "Your Story" to share it with all your followers. Abigail Abesamis Demarest

How to view and share results of your Instagram Story Poll

1. To view the results of an Instagram poll you've created, open the Instagram app and tap your profile icon at the top-left of the screen to view your Story.

2. On the Story slide with the poll, you'll see the overall results. For more information on how many people voted and what each person voted for, swipe up on the Story slide or tap Seen by on the bottom-left of the screen.

How to make an Instagram Poll to ask questions or survey your followers
After people start voting on your poll, you'll see the overall results on the Story slide. Abigail Abesamis Demarest

3. To share the results of your poll to your Story, tap Share Results, then select Your Story or Close Friends.

How to make an Instagram Poll to ask questions or survey your followers
You can see a detailed view of the poll results, with an option to share them. Abigail Abesamis Demarest

Ideas for Instagram Polls

How to make an Instagram Poll to ask questions or survey your followers
For sliding scale polls, you can customize the emoji used. Abigail Abesamis Demarest

  • This or that: Give your followers two options and ask them to choose which one they prefer. Poll your followers about fun, random topics or ask them what types of content or formats they prefer on your feed.
  • Yes or no: Ask a yes or no question to gauge how your followers feel about specific topics. Again, you can go the random route or ask more curated questions to gauge interest in specific subjects when it comes to your content.
  • Sliding scale: Rather than a straightforward yes or no, or having to choose between two different options, a sliding scale allows your followers to choose where they fall on a sliding scale in response to your question.

How to send an Instagram Poll via direct message

1. Open the Instagram app on your device and tap the Messages icon in the top-right corner.

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2. Select a recent conversation or tap the New Message icon in the top-right corner.

3. On the message screen, tap the blue camera icon next to the textbox at the bottom of the screen.

How to make an Instagram Poll to ask questions or survey your followers
Tap the blue camera icon to take a picture and add a poll to it. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

4. Take a photo or select one from your camera roll, and tap the Stickers icon, which looks like a square smiley face, in the top-right corner of the screen.

5. Select Poll in the pop-up menu.

6. A poll box will appear over your image - type your poll question into the Ask a question section, and tap inside the Yes and No boxes to change the answer options.

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7. When your poll is ready, tap Send at the bottom-middle of the screen.

Note: When you send an Instagram Poll through direct messages, the poll is not interactive, meaning the recipients will not be able to answer the poll by selecting an answer option in the image. They will have to give their answers via a separate message beneath your poll message.

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