The person who conducts a survey is called a Surveyor. What do we call the people who take the survey and answer the questions?

  • The [people making up the] sample. Feb 24, 2017 at 9:53
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    Surveyee: A person who is subject to a survey.
    – user66974
    Feb 24, 2017 at 9:55
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    @Josh, Can you provide a source? I can't find any that are credible. However, a person who is subject to a survey, is a subject. Note, I can't find any sources for this either, which is why it's a comment. :) Feb 24, 2017 at 12:09
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    @Chris Wohlert My team is doing a Presentation on 'Designing of Questionnaire' for conducting surveys. The term 'Surveyee' solved my problem. Thank You.
    – Sivani
    Feb 24, 2017 at 12:26
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    Does "survey-taker" count as one word? Feb 24, 2017 at 17:40

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I'm not sure that those who conduct surveys of the questionnaire sort are called surveyors (try pollster instead), but you can call the ones who take the survey respondents.

Respondent noun 2 A person who replies to something, especially one supplying information for a questionnaire or responding to an advertisement. ‘most respondents to our questionnaire considered their practices to be in accordance with current medical guidelines’ - ODO

See also the following entry from the same page:

Respondent adjective 2 [attributive] Replying to something. ‘the respondent firms in the survey’ - ODO

Here are some examples of the term in use:

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    Hi Lawrence, Thank you. The word respondent also serves my purpose like the word Surveyee. Though Surveyee is not in Oxford Dictionary, It is in usage. And thanks for the correction(Surveyor). So, What would be the suitable word to call a person who conducts a survey?
    – Sivani
    Feb 24, 2017 at 12:40
  • @Sivani You're welcome. Try pollster for the person who conducts a survey.
    – Lawrence
    Feb 24, 2017 at 12:44
  • For completeness, a person who performs the other kind of survey, namely measuring land to set legal boundaries, or before aerial photography to create accurate maps, is correctly called a 'surveyor'. Feb 25, 2017 at 13:29
  • @dave_thompson_085 Yes, quite so. I've amended my answer to clarify.
    – Lawrence
    Feb 25, 2017 at 13:39

The first word I thought of for this was participant

A google search indicates that others use this term, as well as respondent as suggested by Lawrence


It is worth noting that the term surveyee, though not present in dictionaries, is used with meaning of:

  • a person who is subject to a survey.

The are numerous usage examples from academic sources:

From Business Statistics:

  • "It is useful when evaluating a survey that tests which option the surveyee prefers, but not by how much."

From Journal of high technology management research:

  • "Both a structured and open-ended approach was applied to questions and interviews. Surveying was structured so each question had a number of predetermined responses from which the surveyee could choose. In this way all companies ..."

From Impact of Increased Environmental Awareness on the Supermarket Industry:

  • ... *"the interviewer approached another customer.If the customer consented to participate, then the surveyer asked them the questions. After the survey was complete the surveyee was asked to complete demographic information on their own."
  • Wasn't the question what the people are called who answer the questions?
    – user192211
    Feb 24, 2017 at 9:51

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