Live polls can be powerful icebreakers that get everyone engaged at once. They can help you collect valuable insights or set the tone for your meeting or event.
But it’s not easy to come up with the right questions.
To spark your creativity, we compiled the best poll questions inspired by our users. We split them into nine categories for better navigation.
Feel free to copy the options and adjust them to your context.
Table of Contents
- Background-focused poll questions
- Learning-focused poll questions
- Seasonal poll questions
- Funny poll questions
- Creative poll questions
- Industry-related poll questions
- Debate-prompting poll questions
- Networking poll questions
- Conference call poll questions
Background-focused poll questions
Background-focused poll questions can help you understand your audience. Use them to find out the attendees’ work experience or knowledge of the topic.
Which city/state/country are you from?
What organization do you represent?
In which team are you based?
What is your current role?
- Business Development
What does GDPR stand for?
- General Data Policy Regulation
- General Data Protection Regulation
- Generic Data Portability Regulation
- I have no clue
Have you used this program/app before?
- Yes, I am a power user
- Yes, but only a little
- I’ve only seen others use it
- I’ve never used or seen the program/application
Learning-focused poll questions
Relevant content is the backbone of every event. Use polls to discover your attendees’ expectations and learning objectives. It will help you fine-tune your talk to address their needs.
What would you like to learn today?
What do you expect to get out of this event/training/meeting?
Using one word, what themes do you want to hear about?
Pro tip: Word clouds work best with one- or two-word answers. To get the best results, start the poll question with “Using one word, …”
Seasonal poll questions
If you want to get your attendees excited, make a reference to an upcoming holiday. Being relevant will help you connect with your audience and most people will be able to relate.
What would be your ideal Christmas gift?
Which is your favorite classic Christmas song?
- All I Want for Christmas is You
- Driving Home for Christmas
- Jingle Bell Rock
- Last Christmas
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
What’s the strangest Easter tradition that you have heard of?
When is it acceptable to start eating Easter eggs?
- As soon as they go on sale, obviously.
- Wait until Easter Sunday.
- Surely, today’s the day!
- What are Easter eggs?
What would be your ideal Halloween costume?
What’s your favorite classic horror film?
- The Wolf Man
- No thanks, I prefer Finding Nemo
In one word, what have you been thankful for this past year/this week/today?
How long did the first Thanksgiving celebration last?
- 1 day
- 2 days
- 3 days
Pro tip: For trivia questions, display the poll on a screen and let people vote. Then reveal the results and mark the correct answer to give people a quiz-like experience.
Funny poll questions
Funny polls are a great way to set a light-hearted tone and enliven the audience. They are an excellent icebreaker that will help you connect with the people in the room instantly.
If age is only a state of mind, which category best describes YOUR state of mind right now?
- Cheeky child
- Tormented teenager
- Mad mid-lifer
- Groovy grandparent
When passing by a reflective surface, I…..
- Use it to see if anyone is following me
- Check myself out, doesn’t everyone?
- Use to contemplate the deeper meaning of life
Which superpower would you like to have?
- Mind reading
- I already have a superpower
Have you ever…
- Had a crush on your boss?
- Peed in the swimming pool?
- Taken shampoo and conditioner from hotels?
- Told barefaced lies to your mother?
- Denied receiving work emails when in fact you did?
If you fear that your humor won’t make for side-splitting comedy, add one funny answer to a serious multiple-choice poll instead.
Why did you decide to join this event today?
- Knowledge building
- Speaker line-up
- Networking opportunities
- My boss made me
Why did you come to this meeting?
- Get updates on the project
- Understand how the other teams work
- Get answers to my questions
- Free coffee and biscuits
Pro tip: If you find that the energy in the room is low, you can get attendees to stand up and swap their seats. Even basic physical movement helps to energize people.
Creative poll questions
Our clients keep coming up with some super creative poll ideas. Here are some of our favorites.
If you were a vegetable/fruit/color/boat/animal/flavor, which one would you be?
If you were sent to a desert island, which one famous person would you bring along?
If you could travel in time, would you want to see…
- The past
- The future
If *your city* were a breed of dog, what breed would it be?
- Jack Russell – small, tough, opinionated
- Tibetan Mastiff – or some other very rare breed that nobody knows anything about
- German Shepherd – poised and elegant but everyone’s afraid of it
- Poodle – beautifully presented but a bit of a poser
- Golden Retriever – warm, cuddly and great with children
- Pitt Bull Terrier – vicious, scary and not at all friendly
- Labradoodle – or some other curious hybrid
Industry-related poll questions
Get your attendees to put on their thinking caps. Use poll questions to capture the attendees’ views on the topic of your session. It’s an easy way to collect priceless insights into the sector.
How healthy is the digital advertising ecosystem? (Scale 1-10; 1=completely unhealthy, 10=extremely healthy)
Using one word, what’s the biggest challenge the sector/industry/business is facing?
In one word, what’s the best tech invention of the 21st Century?
Which public figure is your personal hero?
Which technology trend will have the greatest impact on our industry over the next year?
- Internet of Things and smart home tech
- Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR)
- Machine learning
- Humanized Big Data
What is the biggest cybersecurity threat to your business?
- Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)
- Password Attacks
Debate-prompting poll questions
Setting the right tone of your presentation can help you win the audience’s attention. Use poll questions that provoke debate and get people to think.
Will robots be able to act as agents in their own right and make moral and ethical decisions in the future?
Who will people in 2030 trust more with their babies: robots or human baby-sitters?
- Human baby-sitters
All public institutions should use open-source software.
Pro tip: Polarizing questions work great for the Oxford debate format. Run a live poll at the start to gauge the initial opinion on the topic. Get two guests with opposing arguments to debate. Then run the same poll again to measure the shift in opinions.
Networking poll questions
You can also use poll questions to spark new connections in the room. Asking everyone to talk to a stranger next to them takes the pressure off shier individuals.
What does the person sitting on your right do for a living?
- The person on my left
- The person on my right
- People on both sides of me
Pro tip: Once you display the results, tell people to introduce themselves to someone they don’t know yet.
Alternatively, assign people a networking task for the coffee break. Ask them to meet someone new and find out something about them, e.g. their story, role model, biggest fear, etc.
Meet one new person. What’s his/her name and how did he/she get into the current job?
Conference call poll questions
Whether you run webinars or remote meetings, it’s important that you pull people in from the start. These poll questions will help you break the ice during a conference call.
Which city/office/region are you joining from?
What was the strangest place from which you joined a conference call?
Have you ever joined a remote meeting…
- In your PJs
- While having breakfast
- From the bathroom
- From your bed
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Live polls can help you transform passive attendees into active participants. Use these icebreaker questions and poll your audience at your next event to see the magic happen.
Engage your audience during your next presentation.