Public Opinion Essay Questions

When you ask opinion questions in your survey, you are asking the respondent about statements they may or may not agree with.  The scales you use and wording will vary based on the type of survey you are conducting.  Below are two examples from both a public opinion survey and an employee opinion survey.  Note the differences in language when developing your questions and structuring your rating scale questions.

Typically, opinion questions in a survey are simple agree/disagree scale questions as seen in the Public Opinion Survey below:

Simple Agree/Disagree Scale:

Five point rating scale question with a no opinion option:

Here are two examples from an Employee Opinion Survey.  Notice the difference in how the rating scale questions are approached.

In the employee opinion survey example above, there may be confusion over the meaning of ‘strongly agree.’ 

Does it mean the respondent strongly agrees the manager has good communication skills, or that the respondent agrees that the manager has very good communication skills?  

This example is a better constructed employee opinion question:

Careful consideration when constructing your opinion based rating scale question should be taken for your successful survey.  For more information on employee surveys, click here.

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Of all the resources we publish on The Learning Network, perhaps it’s our vast collection of writing prompts that is our most widely used resource for teaching and learning with The Times.

This list of 401 prompts (available here in PDF) is now our third iteration of what originally started as 200 prompts for argumentative writing, and it’s intended as a companion resource to help teachers and students participate in our annual Student Editorial Contest. (In 2017, the dates for entering are March 2 to April 4.)

So scroll through the hundreds of prompts below that touch on every aspect of contemporary life — from social media to sports, politics, gender issues and school — and see which ones most inspire you to take a stand. Each question comes from our daily Student Opinion feature, and each provides links to free Times resources for finding more information. And for even more in-depth student discussions on pressing issues like immigration, guns, climate change and race, please visit our fall 2016 Civil Conversation Challenge.

What’s your favorite question on this list? What questions should we ask, but haven’t yet? Tell us in the comments.

And visit our related list as well: 650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.


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