Get selected value in dropdown list using JavaScript?

How do I get the selected value from a dropdown list using JavaScript?

I tried the methods below but they all return the selected index instead of the value:

var as = document.form1.ddlViewBy.value;
 var e = document.getElementById(ddlViewBy);
 var strUser = e.options[e.selectedIndex].value;
//This is one of the simplest form by (Narendra Kottamidde) :  var value = document.getElementById(ddlViewBy).value;
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Accepted Answer

If you have a select element that looks like this:

<select id=ddlViewBy>   <option value=1>test1</option>   <option value=2 selected=selected>test2</option>   <option value=3>test3</option> </select> 

Running this code:

var e = document.getElementById(ddlViewBy);
 var strUser = e.options[e.selectedIndex].value;

Would make strUser be 2. If what you actually want is test2, then do this:

var e = document.getElementById(ddlViewBy);
 var strUser = e.options[e.selectedIndex].text;

Which would make strUser be test2

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