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Language to discuss results of polls and surveys

Read a newspaper report on the results of a poll about smoking habits of high school students in Australia.

Three in four high school students smoke daily

According to a recent government poll, three in four high school students smoke cigarettes daily. The survey revealed that over half of the students who smoked said that they could not give up smoking.

The results of this poll also revealed that the number of teens who drink is increasing. The survey was conducted last year at over 200 high schools nationwide.


These headlines show how newspapers report poll and survey results.

survey headlines

Expressions to use with the words poll and survey

  • conduct a poll
  • release a survey
  • according to a poll

Words to refer to the people who were interviewed:

  • respondents
  • people polled
  • people surveyed

Words to refer to the percentages or the number of people polled:

  • 90% of the respondents
  • almost half of
  • one in four people polled
  • over 90 percent of those who responded

Words to refer to the percentages or the number of people polled:

  • 90% of the respondents
  • almost half of
  • one in four people polled
  • over 90 percent of those who responded

Language used to report how these people responded:

  • said that
  • thought that
  • responded that
  • believed that

Language used to contrast poll results:

  • although
  • in contrast
  • while
  • on the other hand

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