How to use skip logic in your survey

In a standard questionnaire, the survey follows the questions in the sequence they are asked. This means that all respondents will be presented every question, regardless of what responses they have already given.


Standard questionnaire sequence

In a standard questionnaire, the respondent will complete all the questions asked in the order in which they are presented.

survey-questions-standardAdvanced skip logic, or “branching”, allows you to channel respondents towards different questions based on the responses they have already given.  For example, if a respondent says that they have completed an action, you can allow them to skip a question that asks them to explain why they didn’t complete it.

Skip Logic Sequence

example-skip-logicMost respondents will go through the regular sequence. Those who are not a fit for certain questions will skip the ones that don’t apply and be fast-tracked to the next question. You can use advanced skip logic for multiple layers of branching if you want to further channel questions based on specific answers. This directs respondents towards more relevant questions and minimizes confusion when a respondent is not a fit for a certain question based upon the answers they have already selected.

Skip logic also allows you to look at different segments when your survey is complete. In these example survey results, you could select just those who have not rented furniture and see their responses as to what prevented them from doing so.

Applying skip logic on Pollfish



On the Pollfish platform, you can create this sequence yourself and preview the logic path on the right-hand side of your questionnaire builder. Log into your account and select the question you wish to apply logic to. From there you can select which question the respondent will skip to based on their responses.

Select the questions to direct respondents to based on the answers they have given. Preview branching on the right.

Advanced skip logic is only available on single-answer choice questions, descriptions, and open-ended responses. If you have additional questions about skip logic, our 24/7 support team is always here to help out.