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Visualizing “Check All that Apply” Options

Stephanie Evergreen shows a couple of ways to visualize multi-select results:

Which means a bar chart, ordered greatest to least, is your alternative. But that can have many variations.

In this example, created by Dr. Sheila B. Robinson, she used 100% stacked bars for each survey item, to indicate that each item could have totaled 100% if all respondents checked that box. This is a nice way to show that, while the response options as a whole can’t add to 100%, each option on its own CAN. Plus, look at the cute icons.

Click through for several alternatives depending upon the story you’re trying to tell.