Lokniti-CSDS in collaboration with CNN IBN & CNBC –TV 18 conducted the State of the Nation Survey August 2011 study in 19 States of India.
A total of 1300 locations were randomly selected (4 Polling stations each in 325 Assembly Constituencies). The survey could not be conducted at 10 locations, (4 in Assam due to floods, 4 in Chhattisgarh due to security risk and 2 locations in Andhra Pradesh). We have not received data from three assembly constituencies in Orissa (12 locations) as Field Investigators could not return in time from polling stations in remote areas.
A total of 39000 randomly selected names from the updated electoral rolls were approached for interview of which 20,268 interviews were successfully completed. The sample comprised of 46 percent women, 21 percent Dalits, and 7 percent Adivasis (ST), 10 percent Muslims and 73 percent rural reflects the representativeness of the sample despite a slight over representation of dalits and slight under representation of Muslims.
The interview was conducted face to face at the place of residence of the respondent using a standard-structured questionnaire in the language spoken and understood by the respondent. The voting question was asked using a dummy ballot paper and dummy ballot box to ensure secrecy. The fieldwork for the study was conducted between July 25th and 31st, 2011.
The survey was designed and analysed by a team of researchers at Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi which included Banasmita Bora, Dhananjai Kumar Singh, Himanshu Bhattacharya, K.A.Q.A Hilal, Kanchan Malhotra, Kinjal Sampat, Rahul Verma, Rupali Warke, Shreyas Sardesai, Vibha Attri and Yogendra Yadav. The survey was directed at the national level by Sanjay Kumar.
The survey was coordinated by Scholars from the Lokniti Network Pemmasani Narmimha Rao (Andhra Pradesh), Subhrajeet Konwar (Assam), Rakesh Ranjan (Bihar), Md. Shamshad Ansari (Chhattisgarh), Biswajeet Mohanty (Delhi), Bhanu Parmar and Mahashweta Jani (Gujarat), Kushal Pal (Haryana) , B K Sinha, and Harishwar Dayal (Jharkhand) Veena Devi (Karnataka), Sajad Ibrahim (Kerala), Yatindra Singh Sisodia (Madhya Pradesh), Nitin Birmal (Maharashtra), Satyaprakash Dash (Orissa), Ashutosh Kumar and Jagroop Singh Sekhon (Punjab), Sanjay Lodha (Rajasthan), G. Koteswara Prasad (Tamil Nadu), Annpurna Nautiyal and Jaya Pande (Uttarakhand) A.K. Verma, Asmer Beg, and Sudhir Kumar (Uttar Pradesh), Suprio Basu (West Bengal) .
Read the findings presented in The Hindu