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Nuts and bolts of the HT-CSDS Delhi Survey 2003

When completed, the HT-CSDS Delhi Survey 2003 will be the largest and most ambitious survey of the political behaviour, opinion and attitudes of the citizens of any city in India.

india Updated: Oct 28, 2003 20:13 IST

Though not complete, the HT-CSDS Delhi Survey 2003 is be the largest and most ambitious survey of the political behaviour, opinion and attitudes of the citizens of any city in India. This survey is in a sense 70 surveys rolled into one.

It proposes to cover all the 70 assembly constituencies in Delhi. The sample was selected in two stages. In each of the assembly constituencies, one out of every five polling station areas was selected by random sampling using the PPS (Probability Proportionate to Size) procedure. Thus the total number of polling station areas selected for the survey is 1702.

The numbers varied from 40 areas in a large constituency like Nasirpur to just 18 in Model Town constituency, the number is just 18. We have ensured method ensured that the localities we sampled are evenly spread out throughout the constituency. These range from the posh up-market ones to slum areas and villages.

Once the polling station area was selected, we downloaded its voters' list from the Election Commission's website and selected every fiftieth or two per cent of the voters through scientific random method from each list. An exception was made for the excessively large localities.

The investigators were given a list of these names and asked to locate them and interview them at their residence. Substitution was allowed in special circumstances if the respondent was not available. Most of the respondents were interviewed at home using the face-to-face interview technique with a standard questionnaire.

Thus a total of about 38,000 citizens of Delhi will be approached in this survey. The field work for the survey started on 6th September and will end in the next few days. We have already completed field work in 65 constituencies and have done 13522 interviews. A team of 255 field investigators and 12 supervisors has been involved in the process of data collection. The data has been checked, processed and analysed by a central team of 25 researchers working at the CSDS.


Director: Sanjay Kumar of the CSDS

Field Supervisors: Banasmita Bora, Naveen Chander, P.K Choudhary, Anil Kumar, Radhika Kumar, Nawal Kishor, Biswajit Mohanty, Bhagawati Prasad, Pushkar Raj, Satya, Pooja Satyogi and Anshu Srivastava.

Central Team at CSDS: Himanshu Bhattacharya, Abhay Datar, K.A.Q.A Hilal, Bhaskar Jha, Dhananjay Joshi, Manoj Kumar, Kanchan Malhotra, Ved Prakash, Swimmi Srivastava and Krishna Tyagi.

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First Published: Oct 18, 2003 15:54 IST