Respondents can't complete my survey. What do I do?

First, make sure the survey link you sent out is correct. Links are character and case sensitive, so an extra space or a lower-case letter in place of an upper-case letter could break the link.

  • If you're using a Web Link Collector, click its nickname from the Collect Responses section of your survey—the correct link is at the top of the page.
  • If you're using an Email Collector, the correct unique link is sent automatically when you send the message. Send yourself a test message or use HTML in the message just to be sure.


For more information, please select an issue below:

Respondents see a Thank You page instead of my survey
  • Check to see if your Collector allows one or multiple responses per computer. It's possible some respondents are using the same computer to complete the survey. You need to allow multiple responses per computer to account for this.
  • Check to see if you allow responses to be edited. It's possible the respondent already submitted a survey and is trying to make edits.
  • If you used an Email Collector, respondents may be forwarded a link from someone else. Email Collectors can only record one response per email address, so you need to add new Recipients.

If you make edits to a Collector, respondents just need to click the link you already sent to access the survey. The URL doesn't change, so you don't need to send a new link.

Respondents are asked to log in to SurveyMonkey

Check to see if your Collector allows one or multiple responses per computer. If you only allow one response per computer, respondents might be sent to a SurveyMonkey webpage if they try to access your survey again. This page thanks them for taking the survey and provides information about our site. If they click a link to create a survey or take a SurveyMonkey Contribute survey, they may be asked to log in to SurveyMonkey.

Respondents see a different survey, not mine

If respondents mention anything about being asked how much soda they drink, how often they watch TV, or their income levels or political leanings, then they probably clicked on a link for for our Contribute program where they can opt to take surveys for charity. 

Respondents can see the Contribute ad in the following situations:

  • If your Collector allows only one responses per computer and the respondent already took your survey.
  • If a respondent is forwarded a link from someone else's email invitation—Email Collectors can only record one response per email address.

If you have a GOLD or PLATINUM plan, you can edit the survey completion setting to direct respondents to any URL after completing the survey. This prevents respondents from being sent to our Contribute page.

If you have a SELECT, GOLD, or PLATINUM, you can create a Thank You page so respondents know when your survey is done.

Respondents can't move forward in the survey

If you included Skip Logic in your survey design, there may be logic on a question or page that is directing respondents backwards in the survey. You'll need to edit your survey design to fix the problem. Be sure to only skip respondents forward in a survey or it can create an endless loop.

After you edit the design of a live survey, respondents taking your survey at that time may be looped back to the start as your survey refreshes. However, respondents will just need to click the link you already sent to access the updated survey. The URL doesn't change, so you don't need to send a new link.

Respondents see a message saying the survey is closed

Check to see if you set a Cutoff Date and Time or a Maximum Response Count. If the date has passed or the response count has been reached, respondents won't be able to access your survey. You can edit these settings if you want to reopen the survey.


Read these tips if your respondents are reporting trouble accessing or completing your survey.