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Conduct polls in Slack

Choose the ideal poll type and launch instant polls in Slack.

What’s it for

When you need to get instant feedback or make a decision with your colleagues, you can create polls quickly in Slack and let your coworkers respond effortlessly.

How to create a poll in Slack

There are 4 types of polls you can create in Slack:

  1. Emoji polls: You can assign a specific emoji to each poll option, or allow Actioner to assign emojis randomly. Participants can then select their preferred options by adding the corresponding emoji reaction.
  2. Numbered polls: You can offer up to 5 options in this poll type. Participants can respond by clicking the number corresponding to their chosen option.
  3. Select-list Polls: You can provide as many options as necessary. Participants can make their selections from a provided list.
  4. Free-form Polls: You can pose an open-ended question and allow participants to respond in any manner they choose.

To create a poll in Slack, follow these steps:

  1. Call Poll in Slack using the /poll command and select Create poll.
  2. Upon the initial screen, opt for an existing template or select a poll type to start from the ground up.
  3. Regardless of your choice, you must pick a Slack channel where your intended participants are to share your poll.
  4. The Poll Question, Options, and other fields (e.g., corresponding emojis) will be pre-filled if you're using a template. If not, you will need to enter this information manually.
  5. Configure your poll settings, including response anonymity and when the poll will open and close for responses.
  6. Once all settings are finalized, click Create poll to launch it.

Responding to a poll depends solely on the poll type. The poll result can be accessed in real-time within Slack.

How to get started

  1. Install the Poll app to your Slack workspace
  2. Call Poll (type /poll) and select Create a poll.

Some other handy workflows

Ready-to-use poll templates

Utilize a library of poll templates for Slack


Save polls as templates

Save polls as templates in Slack to run them whenever you need.


View Poll results in Slack

Check what rate of participants has responded, which option is the winner, and who has voted for which option.


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Frequently asked questions

Unable to create polls using the poll/ keyword

Ensure that Actioner is added to the Slack channel where you're attempting to create the poll. Remember, Actioner can only interact with public channels. Additionally, you don't need to message the intended poll channel directly; create a separate channel, invite Actioner, and during poll confirmation, you can specify the channel where the poll will be posted.

Can I close a poll ahead of the scheduled time?

Absolutely. Once your poll is live, navigate to Settings and select Close the Poll to end it manually.

Is it possible to post a scheduled poll immediately?

Yes, you can. When a poll is scheduled, you'll receive a DM from the Poll app with details and options to Post the poll now or Cancel the poll. Click Post the poll now to share it ahead of the scheduled time.

Why can’t I make responses anonymous for Emoji polls?

Emoji polls record responses through visible emojis, and Slack does not currently support hiding the identities of emoji responders. Hence, anonymity isn't an option for emoji polls.

Why does the emoji poll have a warning about emoji spamming?

The Poll app takes around 2 seconds to log an emoji vote. If you send another emoji during this window, it could invalidate both responses. To prevent this, please wait a few seconds between sending emojis in polls.

Is there a limit on the number of custom poll templates I create?

No, there's no limit. Feel free to create as many custom poll templates as you need.

Is it possible to change the poll settings after it has been created?

Yes; when your poll is successfully posted, you can change poll settings through Settings and then Edit Poll buttons. You can update the closing time of your poll, anonymity settings, and multiple response options.

How do I select people to respond to a poll?

Currently, there is no setting in the Poll app that blocks people from responding to a poll but you can create a new channel for your poll to send and invite only the people whom you want to submit their responses to your poll.

Can I have multiple questions on a single poll?

At this time, you can't, but we will implement that feature in a future update.

Can I use Actioner Poll for free in Slack?

Yes, Actioner Poll is entirely free for users. You can get started right away.