SurveyMonkey Audience for Academics

Professors, grad students, and undergrads use SurveyMonkey Audience to get the research respondents they need in a fraction of the time it used to take them. Below, we provided helpful information for those interested in running an academic research project using SurveyMonkey Audience to buy survey responses.

Design Guidelines

Please review our design requirements and best practices to ensure a successful project: SurveyMonkey Audience Design Guidelines

In particular, we strongly encourage you to use a variation of question types, limit your use of Matrix/Rating Scale questions, and keep consent forms under 250 characters.

Survey Respondents

Whether you’re buying a US panel from SurveyMonkey Contribute or a global panel through our partners, you’ll get the responses you need for your project. Learn more about the survey respondents taking your survey.

Turnaround Time

Projects complete in just a few days, as long as the survey is compliant with our guidelines and performs sufficiently. If you're targeting a very specific type of audience or if the survey does not perform satisfactorily, the project can take longer to complete.

Consent Statements

You can add a consent statement to your survey. We recommend any consent statement be 250 characters or less.

Letter of Approval

SurveyMonkey Audience is a service provided by SurveyMonkey which helps customers reach a targeted audience for their surveys. We recruit survey takers from the millions of people who answer SurveyMonkey surveys each month to help customers target the people they need for their survey projects. Recruitment of potential survey takers occurs through our member site, SurveyMonkey Contribute. This note is to confirm that SurveyMonkey Audience is commonly used by students, researchers and academics to collect data for their research. SurveyMonkey Audience will run a customer’s survey so long as it meets our survey length and other compliance requirements, and we are able to fulfill the customer’s targeting requirements at the time of launch.


All surveys sent through SurveyMonkey Audience must comply with the SurveyMonkey Audience Policies.

Please read the SurveyMonkey Contribute Privacy Statement for information on privacy for panelists and panel buyers.

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