How to deactivate a required answer

A required answer is automatically set by default when creating a new question. A required answer is very often needed, e.g. if the question is used in branch logics, or if the question is an essential one that you do not want to be left unanswered (e.g. if you need this variable for weighting purposes).

For some questions, you might want to deactivate the required option. This will typically be for questions of open text type: “Do you have any further comments?”. Respondents with no opinion should be able to leave the question unanswered (This is normally default in Research Studio)

To do this:

Select the question, then click the “Answer control” button. A dialogue box appears.

Select “No answer required”. Then OK. The “Question control: Answer required” will disappear from the question editor.