Video Conferencing - Using Zoom Polls


Zoom is a versatile video conferencing tool that unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, group messaging, and a software-defined conference room solution into one easy-to-use platform. You can host and join Zoom video conferences from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. 

The Zoom Help Center has full instructions on using Zoom. The instructions below are specific to Virginia Tech. To see other Zoom topics, please see Video Conferencing - Holding Zoom Conferences on a PC or Mobile Device.

This article details how to use Polls in Virginia Tech Zoom. Hosts can use polling during scheduled Zoom Meetings to collect feedback and information from participants.

  • Polls only work from scheduled meetings, not instant meetings. 
  • Polls are not available in the mobile app. 
  • Hosts can set up poll questions in a scheduled meeting beforehand, or add them once the meeting starts. 



Creating a Poll Before a Meeting

You can only create polls before a scheduled meeting if you're using the Virginia Tech Zoom Portal.

  1. Log into the Virginia Tech Zoom Portal.
  2. On the left-hand menu, click Meetings and then click the meeting you want to add a poll to. You'll go to the Manage Meeting page. 
    • Or, click Schedule a New Meeting, schedule it, and click it on the Meetings page. 
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Manage Meeting page. Next to You have not created any polls yet, click Add.

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  4. On the Add a Poll popup: 
    1. Enter a title and question text.
    2. Choose Single Choice or Multiple Choice
    3. Enter answer text. 

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  5. Click Add a Question to add more questions. 
  6. When you're done, click Save.  
  7. After you click Save, you'll go to the Manage Meetings page.

It's good to remember that you can:

  • Save intermittently while adding questions. 
  • Add more questions to a poll. To do this, click Edit next to the poll name.
  • Add up to 25 polls per meeting. You can add unlimited questions to each poll.

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Creating or Launching a Poll During a Meeting 

You can create polls from the Zoom client during a scheduled meeting.

  1. During the meeting, in the Zoom client's bottom menu bar, click Polls
    • If you don't see Polls, click More.
    • If you still don't see Polls, make sure you're not in an instant meeting.  

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  2. If you don't have polls saved in the meeting, you'll go to Poll 1.
    • Click Add a Question. See Create a poll before a meeting for instructions.
    • When you're done adding questions, click Launch Polling to start the poll. 
  3. If you have saved polls, you'll see the poll name next to Polling 1. Click Launch Polling.
    • You can also click Edit to edit this and other polls in the meeting. 

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  4. The participants in the meeting will then be prompted to answer the polling questions. The host will be able to see the results live.
  5. To stop the poll, click End Polling.
  6. To share the results of the poll with the meeting participants, click Share Results.

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Downloading Poll Results

See Generating Zoom Meeting Reports: Downloading Poll Results.

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Getting Help

For instructions on resolving common issues with Zoom, see: Video Conferencing - Troubleshooting Zoom.

For problems logging into Zoom, contact Virginia Tech 4Help:
  • Go to 4Help, log in with your Virginia Tech Username (PID) and password, and click Get Help.
  • Call 540-231-4357.

For problems using Zoom, contact Zoom Support:

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