Lokniti-CSDS and Hindustan Times in partnership with CNN-IBN conducted a nationwide survey to gauge public opinion on issues related to politics and democracy. The major thematic issues of the study were Terrorism and Pakistan, Law and Order and Faith on Police & Courts, Citizen's Participation in Public Life, Commitment to Democracy, and Faith in Government Institutions.
The survey was conducted in 18 Indian states and a total of 14786 people were interviewed in a face-to-face situation using a structured questionnaire translated in the local dialect of the state in which he or she resided. The social profile of the achieved sample was - 75% Rural population, 44% women, 78% Hindu, 12% Muslim, 5% Sikh, 3% Christian, 20% Dalits and 8% Adivasi. The fieldwork for the survey was conducted from the 8th to 15th January 2009.
The fieldwork for the survey was coordinated by P. Narasimha Rao (Andhra Pradesh), Sandhya Goswami (Assam), Rakesh Ranjan (Bihar), Bhupendra Sahu (Chhattisgarh), Mahashweta Jani & Bhanu Parmar (Gujarat), Dr. Harish Kumar (Haryana), Harishwar Dayal and B.K Sinha (Jharkhand), Padmavathi B.S (Karnataka), Sajad Ibrahim (Kerala), Ram Shankar & Yatindra Sisodia (Madhya Pradesh), Nitin Birmal (Maharashtra), Surya Narayan Mishra (Orissa), Jagroop Singh Sekhon (Punjab), Sanjay Lodha (Rajasthan), Gundapuneni Koteswara Prasad (Tamil Nadu), Mirza Asmer Beg (Uttar Pradesh West), A.K. Verma (Uttar Pradesh Central), Sudhir Kumar (Uttar Pradesh East), Suprio Basu (West Bengal) and CSDS Central Team (Delhi).
The survey was directed by Sanjay Kumar of Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. The Central team that designed coordinated and analyzed the survey comprised of Yogendra Yadav, Praveen Rai, Pavithra Suryanarayan, Dhananjai Joshi, K.A.Q.A Hilal, Himanshu Bhattacharya, Kanchan Malhotra of CSDS.