Lokniti-CSDS in collaboration with Azim Premji University (APU) conducted the second round of a three-round survey-based study to understand the relationship between society and politics between elections. The survey was conducted in Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan and Maharashtra in November and December 2017 among 16,680 respondents in 22 assembly constituencies in each of the 8 states. The first round of the survey had been conducted in four states - Gujarat, Haryana, Odisha and Karnataka in December 2016.
The study aims to capture public opinion between elections. It covers various aspects related to delivery of public services, law and order, identities, discrimination and violence, economic processes and governance and the perception of the state at various levels to which the citizens interact. The study is an attempt to know whether various social groups get access to better public services such as water, sanitation, roads, electricity among others, which group does the police protect and which does not, whether the rate of discrimination towards marginal groups have reduced over the period of time and which States do better job in providing public services. The survey in a broader perspective helps to know everyday governance and development in India.
The report for the second round was released on 27th April 2018 at Rangasthala, Bangalore.