Items in a Questionnaire

A Questionnaire is an instruement utilised to collect responses of the sample from the poulation. Questionnaire has many different type of questions, the current article tries introduce the readers to different type of questions that we would normally see in our Questionnaires that we intend to analyze. The most common set of questions that we will come across and those would be needed to analyze include

Demographics Questions

Demographics refers to the characteristics of the sample from whom the data is to be collected. for instance Commonly examined demographics include gender, race, age, disabilities, employment status, and even location.


In these type of questions, the respondents chooses an option from a set of categories, from instancde the age range, 16 - 25, 26- 35, 36 - 45. In this case on respondent will choose from only one of the categories.


Various levels of scale are available to used by the researcher, it depends on the needs and the type of information needed. It is of utmost importance that the researcher has in depth knowledge of these scales (Nominal, Ordinal, Interval and Ratio) before he/she proceeds to the design of the questionnaire and finally analysis. for instance Likert scale could fall into the example of Interval Scale, Gender (Male/Female) is an example of Nominal Scale, Position (1st/2nd/3rd) falls into the ordinal Scale. The current Article will be followed by a detailed article on Scale and how to use them.


In this case the response is a number, for instance number of holidays taken last year, Age of Respondent, Monthly Salary.