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How to Create Bar Charts From Likert Scale Results

    • 1). Gather your data. Bar charts represent discrete values, not percentages. Use the raw sums of responses to each item for your bar chart.

    • 2). Create a bar chart for each individual item. Each survey question should be represented in its own chart. One bar corresponds to each possible response: "strongly agree," "agree," "neither agree nor disagree," "disagree" and "strongly disagree.

    • 3). Make a frequency scale on one axis. Always include zero and label periodic intervals.

    • 4). List the possible responses on the other axis. This is where the bars will begin. Bar charts can be situated horizontally or vertically, so the axes are interchangeable.

    • 5). Create a bar for each response that represents the frequency of that response.

    • 6). Label each bar chart with the substance of the Likert item measured. The exact wording of the question is preferable.

    • 7). Repeat this process for each Likert item. If possible, maintain the same frequency scale for each chart so that, when viewed side-by-side, the charts measure responses equally.

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