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Chhattisgarh Survey Report 2018

The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) commissioned perhaps the largest ever Voter Survey in any country. The survey was conducted between October 2018 and December 2018, prior to the General Elections to the Lok Sabha 2019. It covered 534 Lok Sabha constituencies with 2,73,487 voters participating in this exercise spread among various demographics. The three main objectives of this survey were to identify the following: (i) voters’ priorities on specific governance issues, (ii) voters’ ratings of the government’s performance on those issues, and (iii) factors affecting voting behaviour.

Focusing on Chhattisgarh, this report provides an analysis of 10 most important governance issues as rated by the voters of Chhattisgarh (out of the 31 listed in the questionnaire). These voters’ priorities are further examined in relation to the performance of the Government on those issues as perceived by the respondents. A three-level scale of GOOD, AVERAGE and BAD was used, where GOOD was given weightage equal to 5, Average was weighted 3 and BAD was weighted as 1. The survey covered approximately 5,500 respondents across 11 parliamentary constituencies of Chhattisgarh.

KEY FINDINGS

  •  The Chhattisgarh Survey 2018 shows that Better Employment Opportunities (58.84%), Better Public Transport (38.41%) and Better Roads (37.78%) are the top three voters’ priorities in overall Chhattisgarh.
  • The performance of the government on all top three voters’ priorities of Better Employment Opportunities (2.09), Better Public Transport (2.55) and Better Roads (2.54) was rated as Below Average.
  • In rural Chhattisgarh, top most voters’ priorities were Better Employment Opportunities (58%) Availability of Water for Agriculture (44%), and Electricity for Agriculture (39%).
  • The performance of the government on rural voters’ priorities of Better Employment Opportunities (2.05) Availability of Water for Agriculture (2.08), and Electricity for Agriculture (2.05) was rated as Below Average. 
  • In addition, the government has performed poorly in providing Subsidy for Seeds/Fertilisers (2.15) and Higher Price Realization of Farm Products (2.07). 
  • For the urban voters in Chhattisgarh, the top most priorities were Better Employment Opportunities (61%), Better Law and Order/Policing (56%), and Better Roads (55%).
  • The performance of the government on urban voters’ priorities of Better Employment Opportunities (2.22 on a scale of 5), Better Law and Order/Policing (2.20), and Better Roads (2.12) was rated as Below Average.
  • In addition, the government has performed poorly in providing Better Public Transport (2.18) and Drinking Water (2.52).

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