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Showing the Results of a Survey

So you have just Conducted a Survey and want to show
your results in the best possible way?
Here are some suggestions:


Sometimes, you can simply report the information in a table. 

A table is a very simple way to show others the results.  A table should have a title, so those looking at it understand what it shows:

Table: The Favorite Colors of My Class
Yellow Red Blue Green Pink
4 5 6 1 4



You can also summarize the results using statistics, such as mean or standard deviation

Example: you have lots of information about how long it takes people to get to school but it may be simpler just to present a summary such as:

Shortest Journey: 3 minutes
Average Journey: 22 minutes
Longest Journey: 58 minutes


But nothing makes a report look better than a nice graph or chart

There are many different types of graphs.  Three of the most common are:

Line Graph  - Used to show information that is somehow connected (such as change over time)

Line Graph Example

Bar Graph – Used to show relative sizes of different results: 

Favorite Colors of My Class

Pie Chart - Used most often to show survey data that is to be reported in percentages.

Pie Chart Example 

You can create graphs like those using our Data Graphs (Bar, Line and Pie) page

People's Comments

If people have given their opinions or comments in the survey, you can present the more interesting ones:

Example: In response to the question "How can we best clean up the river?" we received these interesting replies:

  • "The government has a special fund for this"
  • "The local gardening group has seedlings you could plant"


Put it all together into a report, with a nice introduction, and conclusions at the end, and you are done!