The LokSurvey project, which began in December 2013, is one of the main pillars of the Lok Foundation’s work. A series of ten attitudinal surveys, the project studies changing social and political attitudes in India. The Surveys underway in 2017 have been developed in partnership with the Oxford Centre for the Study of Inter-Group Conflict. All Lok surveys are conducted on behalf of the Lok Foundation, by the Center for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) across a panel of households twice a year.
The Lok Survey Project focuses on the following three thematic areas: 1) perceptions about community and fraternity; 2) perceptions about the relationship between the individual and the state; 3) drivers of politicalpreferences. Broadly, the project seeks to understand how socio-economic cleavages might serve to erode India's sense of national identity, and how these cleavages and tensions help us make sense of people's understanding of ‘national identity.’ Specifically, we seek to explore the degree of convergence (or divergence) in social attitudes on specific socio-political issues across social groups and regions; development and social change across principal hierarchies and cleavages in Indian society; and attitudinal inter-linkages among these hierarchies and cleavages. We believe these issue areas should be set in the context of the generally perceived need in India to recalibrate the relationship between the individual and the state.