A Survey of Popular Political Sentiments

Public sentiments determine social welfare, especially in a democracy. Perceptions are based on beliefs and what we believe to be true. This is a small, unpretentious, unscientific survey of popular political sentiments to find out how some people feel about what’s going on in India. It is a sample survey but is definitely biased: only those who read this blog (and other associated social media) are possible respondents. So this sample selection bias ensures that this cannot be generalized for the whole population. But I am interested in precisely that sample: those who read/write blogs and tweets. I need your help: please spread the word around.

Your help in getting the word around is much needed and appreciated. Post this short link (the link is to this post itself) about the survey in your blog or your twitter time-line, and of course take the survey yourself. You will be doing a public service since the results will be publicly available and could help us understand how the collective feels.

Alright, here goes.

(Please note: This survey was first done on SurveyMonkey, and is now closed at that site. The survey continues on “Google Forms” below. If you have already responded, thank you — there is no need to respond here. UPDATE: I have posted the intermediate results of the survey.)

UPDATE: This survey was first done on SurveyMonkey using their free version. Unfortunately, that restricts responses to just 100. I have closed the survey there. I will consolidate the results so far and post it in a bit. Thank you all for your help in promoting this survey. You all have my gratitude.

UPDATE 27th May 11 AM PST: I have posted the intermediate results of the survey.

23 thoughts on “A Survey of Popular Political Sentiments

  1. Ashish Deodhar Saturday May 26, 2012 / 9:27 pm

    Done. Look forward to the results


    • Atanu Dey Saturday May 26, 2012 / 9:28 pm

      Thanks. I hope some of you will link to this in your blogs and tweet about it.


  2. giri Saturday May 26, 2012 / 9:40 pm

    Why does the survey show in a small frame? Any way you can share the SurveyMonkey link? That may be more user friendly.


    • Atanu Dey Saturday May 26, 2012 / 11:07 pm


      Here is the link where you can take the survey on the SurveyMonkey site. It does not have a small frame as on this blog.



  3. Aditya Athalye Sunday May 27, 2012 / 12:32 am

    My two paisa, just submitted to your sentiment(al) collection.


  4. Dr. Ajit R. Jadhav Sunday May 27, 2012 / 12:46 am


    Some of the questions were neat, but as noted in my comments in the survey, sometimes, the one option one was looking for, was entirely missing from the entire list.

    The results will be interesting to have a look at, nevertheless.

    Will put an entry at my blog asking people to take this survey in a day or two.



  5. Loknath Sunday May 27, 2012 / 1:34 am

    Done. Sent to 40 more people. Clueless and informed both.


  6. Suhit Sunday May 27, 2012 / 2:25 am

    Good work. Really good questions.

    interesting how the current survey results are different from the general population


  7. B Shantanu Sunday May 27, 2012 / 4:38 am

    Done, Atanu..Great effort..
    Will post on fb page/ link twitter too..


  8. Maya S Sunday May 27, 2012 / 8:09 am

    A good questionnaire.


  9. Sambaran Mitra Sunday May 27, 2012 / 8:57 am

    Great questionnaire. However I submitted my survey in SurveyMonkey at 9:19 pm 27th May. Have you overflown your survey-monkey-100 limit? Do I need to resubmit the poll here?


  10. Atanu Dey Sunday May 27, 2012 / 9:06 am


    Yes, the 100-response limit was hit quite soon. Hence the shift to “Google Forms” to continue the survey. I will post the (intermediate) results soon. Thank you for participating.


  11. Sambaran Mitra Sunday May 27, 2012 / 9:23 am

    Hi Atanu, I recast my opinion at google docs. I didn’t mind repeating as I hugely enjoyed the questionnaire.

    One request. I get your blog through google reader. For folks like me, it will help if you remove the surveymonkey link altogether from your post since the survey is now closed there.


  12. Atanu Dey Sunday May 27, 2012 / 12:06 pm

    Thanks all for participating and your feedback. I am really pleased that some of you thought that the survey was good. This is the first time I have used a survey site and although it appears as though it will not take much time, it does take a surprisingly large amount of time.

    It’s going to take a long time to understand the results as well.


  13. subodh khanna Monday May 28, 2012 / 7:43 pm

    having seen congress for 80% of 65 yrs ,cant believe cong will do any good to this nation .6 yrs of NDA rule were best


  14. Gopi Monday May 28, 2012 / 7:58 pm

    Excellent! Thank you. Done my part.


  15. Gopi Monday May 28, 2012 / 8:00 pm

    You should add one more Q to allow listing of alt name (for those who do not support either of two – Sonia or N Modi)!


  16. Srinivasan Monday May 28, 2012 / 8:09 pm

    Way to go!!


  17. Ramaswamy Monday May 28, 2012 / 10:41 pm

    Dear Atanu,

    Why is there no option of strong support to BJP?



  18. Kishan Tuesday May 29, 2012 / 12:17 am

    Atanu, I hope you will publish all the responses in the survey or at least some contrarian ones.I will like to see what arguments the people with socialistic instincts give in their favor.


  19. SV Wednesday May 30, 2012 / 4:09 pm

    Gave my answers, hope it isn’t late.


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