For example, the subject of an interview is an interviewee.

So, I was wondering what the subject of a survey might be.

  • Also 'survey subject' – Mitch Jun 21 '16 at 21:59

despite the fact that most of us are inundated with surveys and they most likely use such a word in their communication, all I can think of is:


(all the obvious constructions just don't sound like they are used despite their 'correctness'.)

  • +1 Just want to note that this only works for surveys as in questionnaires. This doesn't work when the surveyed is a plot of land. – Matt E. Эллен Jun 9 '11 at 13:03
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    Respondent is the term that is used at the United States Census Bureau (my employer). – jyc23 Jun 10 '11 at 1:43
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    @Matt Ellen: neither would "interviewee" be fit for a plot of land. I think the question implied an animate object. But that begs the question indeed as to what word would suit inanimate object best. – Benjamin Aug 1 '11 at 14:09
  • @Benjamin see my answer :D – Matt E. Эллен Aug 1 '11 at 15:13
  • Usage as measured by Google hits: "survey respondent/s" (165K/2.3M), "survey participant/s" (125K/850K), "survey subject/s" (36K/103K hits, many bogus) and even the dubious "surveyee/s" (4K/10K). survey subjects (without quotes) gets 113M hits but I don't know how to disambiguate them. – smci May 13 '12 at 23:09

Since someone who conducts and survey is a surveyor then someone or something being surveyed is the surveyed.

Similarly to how the object of a tormentor is the tormented.

  • though it is not clear, I think the OP is not thinking of both 'someone answering a questionnaire' and 'plot of land being measured', just the first one. 'Surveyed' works for both, and is literally correct, but also sounds strange for both. – Mitch Aug 1 '11 at 15:35

Simply subject of survey. Or you can use surveyed object. There does not seem to be any one-word synonym for it. If you don't consider survivor as one :)


The subject of survey, in a sense, is surveyor, but the best suited word or the subject I would use if I made a survey is pollster.

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