What do you call the person who completes a survey for another person?


John Doe goes to some supermarket and buys some food. Marie, who works at the quality assurance department of the supermarket, calls John and asks him a series of questions about the food he's just bought (a survey about the food).

In this case, Marie is filling out the survey in name of John about the food he bought. What should I call Marie?

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    Hi, welcome to EL&U! I'm not quite sure what you're asking; you've got three variables in your example (A, X, & Y) and from your title I think you want to ask about A, but then your question asks about X and Y (and first you call X a topic, then a person). Could you edit your question to clarify? It will help a lot, and is technically required for this kind of question, if you make up a full example sentence showing how you want to use the word. Put a ___ or other placeholder where you want the word to go. You should also have a look at our Help pages to learn more about EL&U. Good luck!
    – 1006a
    Sep 17, 2018 at 14:53
  • @1006a Thanks for your feedback, I added an example, hope it is useful. Sorry for my bad English tho Sep 17, 2018 at 15:02
  • After the edit there are only two people. Marie, who works for the supermarket, and Jhon, who she has called to take part in the survey. Marie is filling in the form with the answers to questions she is asking Jhon. So a name for Marie could be "questioner", or "survey manager" etc. Sep 17, 2018 at 15:14
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    The question is completely different from how I imagined it. Good job in clarifying the points!
    – Mari-Lou A
    Sep 17, 2018 at 15:17
  • That edit is very helpful, thanks! A related post (not a duplicate, though the accepted answer does suggest a possible answer to your question as an aside): What do you call a person who takes a survey?
    – 1006a
    Sep 17, 2018 at 15:23

2 Answers 2


Marie, the person asking would be best known as

a canvasser

a person who tries to discover information or opinions by asking people:

  • Canvassers surveyed people from over 2,500 households.
  • He instructs canvassers on how to elicit honest information.

a questioner

a person who asks a question

possibly an inquirer or enquirer

someone who asks about something

Note that canvasser, questioner, inquirer (enquirer) have other meanings in different contexts.

For example,

a canvasser can also mean someone campaigning on behalf of a political candidate.

a questioner can mean a person who feels or expresses doubt about something.

an inquirer can mean someone that is involved in investigating incidents, e.g., a parliamentary inquiry into corruption

A good equivalent term to canvasser would be pollster as suggested by Lawrence in the answer to the What do you call a person who takes a survey? question pointed out by 1006a

a person whose job is to ask people their opinions on a subject, as part of a poll (= opinion study)

I agree with Lawrence when he points out that surveyor mentioned by OP in that question is not appropriate

To my knowledge surveyor refers to

A person who examines the condition of land and buildings professionally.

1.1 British An official inspector of something, especially for measurement and valuation purposes.

  • ‘surveyors recorded the species and locations of fallen trees’

1.2 A person who investigates or examines something, especially boats for seaworthiness.

  • ‘a marine surveyor’

Also, in my opinion, (limited experience) surveyee given as an alternative term for John's role in your question is not commonly used.

John would be known as a respondent

someone who responds to a question or offer:

  • Most respondents in the survey voiced an unfavorable attitude toward the policy.
  • I don't think OP is asking what we call "someone who responds to a question or offer". It seems to be specifically someone who provides such responses on behalf of another. Sep 17, 2018 at 15:20
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    Sorry @FumbleFingers, I beg to differ Marie, who works at the quality assurance department of the supermarket, calls John and asks him a series of questions about the food he's just bought (a survey about the food).
    – bookmanu
    Sep 17, 2018 at 15:27
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    John's bought the food, Marie is merely noting his responses to her questions. I agree that the title is misleading.
    – bookmanu
    Sep 17, 2018 at 15:27
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    Sorry - my mistake. I've cancelled my inappropriate downvote. But yeah - at least we can agree there was some justification for me being "misled". Though I must admit that mostly I just wasn't paying enough attention when I read the question. Sep 18, 2018 at 13:55
  • @FumbleFingers Thank you. I appreciate your candour :P The question was edited several times before consensus was reached on what OP was asking, Getting our wires crossed was to be expected under the circumstances.
    – bookmanu
    Sep 18, 2018 at 14:12

a surveyor. vocabulary.com

someone who conducts a statistical survey

As in:

As a surveyor, Marie is conducting the questionnaire of John about the food he bought.

  • This usage is obviously problematic. Aug 26, 2021 at 15:48

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