The Lok Survey 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. Since 2017, Lok surveys have been developed in partnership with the Oxford Centre for the Study of Inter-Group Conflict. All Lok/Lok-University of Oxford Project surveys are conducted on behalf of the Lok Foundation, by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) across a panel of over 150,000 households twice a year.
Surveys focus on the follow thematic areas:
- perceptions about community and fraternity;
- perceptions about the relationship between the individual and the state;
- drivers of political preferences.
Broadly, the Lok Survey project seeks to understand how socio-economic cleavages might be working 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’ in India.
With the resulting data we are exploring:
- The degree of convergence and divergence in social attitudes on specific socio- political issues across social groups and regions;
- Development and social change across the main hierarchies and cleavages in Indian society; and
- Attitudinal inter-linkages among these hierarchies and cleavages.