It was to fill a vital gap in current public discourse on Kashmir--the absence of the Kashmiri's viewpoint--that Outlook commissioned MODE to conduct an opinion poll in the valley. Researchers from Delhi recruited local staff who worked at great risk to their lives. The poll was nearly called off after they were stalked by gunmen in Anantnag. But the motivation of being the first-ever organisation to hazard such an exercise carried the team through. Altogether 504 adults (337 men, 176 women) were interviewed in Srinagar, Sopore, Baramulla, Bandipora, and Anantnag during the second half of September.
Q: Do you feel that a solution to the Kashmir problem exists within the framework of the Indian Constitution?
Definitely not 77%
Probably not 7%
Can't say 2%
Q: What has been the level of human rights violation by Indian security forces?
Not so high 2
Quite high 6
Very high 90
Can't say 1
Q: Will a free and fair election now help in solving...