Imagine that you are answering the following survey:

Q1: What is your name?
A1: ..................

Q2: What are you doing?
A2: ...................

After you fill in the gaps (as a user):

Q1: What is your name?
A1: Ali.

Q2: What are you doing?
A2: Asking a question.

As we already know the questions and the structure of the survey we can omit them and we will have the following structure:

Q1 answer: Ali.
Q2 answer: Asking a question.

What would you call the new structure in the context of programming? I mean, the questions' answers of a specific user. I prefer to have a single word to represent that (two words is acceptable, but they should be small).

I considered some combinations like: "Survey answers", "User answers", "User responses", and "Respondent data", but non of them is satisfying.

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    What do you find unsatisfying about the word combinations that you've already considered? Commented Feb 25, 2022 at 20:29
  • Survey results would be too simple? Commented Feb 25, 2022 at 21:04
  • The noun survey can be used for a completed survey. Or answer sheet. Response also seems fine, although you probably want to differentiate the completed survey from the response to a single question. It should be noted that asking what to call your variable/database field/etc is off topic.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Feb 25, 2022 at 21:08
  • Fill the blanks, not the gaps. :)
    – Lambie
    Commented Feb 25, 2022 at 21:17
  • @Lambie thanks for the correction :)
    – AliOsm
    Commented Feb 26, 2022 at 7:31

2 Answers 2


raw (survey) data / primary (survey) data

Raw data, also known as primary data, are data (e.g., numbers, instrument readings, figures, etc.) collected from a source. In the context of examinations, the raw data might be described as a raw score (after test scores). Wiki

Part of the survey process centers on raw data that are collected from respondents and converted into data sets. The entire conversion process needs data management. in general, good software packages need to deal with the data and ... Paul Lavrakas; Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods (2008)

Capturing and Processing Survey Data

There are several ways of entering raw data into a format suitable for data processing. Donald Treadwell; Introducing Communication Research (2011)

  • I liked the usage of word "raw", I will accept this answer and use it. I'm still not sure, should I use "RawSurveyData" or "RawResponses". I will think about it.
    – AliOsm
    Commented Feb 26, 2022 at 7:39

The data collected from survey questions are survey responses:

Get your survey responses rolling in. We’ll show how to get your survey in front of your respondents.

Survey Monkey

[Note: I chose this site because it is well known. However, I would have put a "you" in after the verb show.]

  • The fact that Survey Monkey using "survey responses" in their website is interesting, I didn't think about searching in their website. But the question is what they are naming this field internally? It could be survey responses, and it could be something else.
    – AliOsm
    Commented Feb 26, 2022 at 7:37

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