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Cultural Democratization in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR): Moscow Oblast Survey, 1990

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Gibson, James L.
  • Duch, Raymond M.
  • Denisovsky, Gennady
  • Kozyreva, Polina
  • Matskovsky, Michail
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
alcohol consumption; anti-Semitism; cultural perceptions; demographic characteristics; demographic statistics; democracy; dissent; elections; media use; personality assessment; political attitudes; political behavior; political interest; public opinion; socialism; tolerance
  • Abstract

    The data were collected to assess levels of support among citizens of the Moscow Oblast for democratic rights, institutions, and processes, and to test several hypotheses about the democratic values within socialist political systems. The data cover a broad array of topics, including political tolerance, valuation of liberty, support for the norms of democracy, rights awareness, support for dissent, support for an independent media, support for the institution of competitive elections, and anti-Semitism. Questions were asked about the respondents' knowledge of current events in the Soviet Union, interest in politics, familiarity and contact with political leaders, level of political involvement, views on political issues, consumption of alcoholic beverages, and attitudes towards specific social, political, and ethnic groups. Demographic information includes age, education, occupation, birthplace, religion, and marital status. The self-administered portion of the data collection consists of a personality inventory and a word game.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Raw Data File
    • DS2: SPSS Export File
    • DS3: Variable Locations for Raw Data File
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-02-17 / 1990-03-04
    Time period: 1990-02-17--1990-03-04
  • 1990-02-17 / 1990-03-04
    Collection date: 1990-02-17--1990-03-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Moscow
  • Russia
  • Soviet Union
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 16 and over living in the Moscow Oblast.
A representative sample of the Moscow Oblast was drawn using a two-stage process. In the first stage, 32 regions of Moscow and 54 populated areas of the Moscow Oblast were selected from all geographical units within the Oblast. In the second stage, 550 respondents were randomly selected from lists of residents maintained by the Central Address Bureau.
Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation (SES-9003868).
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9726 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Gibson, James L.. A Mile Wide But an Inch Deep(?): The Structure of Democratic Commitments in the Former USSR. American Journal of Political Science.40, (2), 396-420.1996.
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  • Stack, Steven, Bankowski, Elena. Divorce and drinking: An analysis of Russian data. Journal of Marriage and Family.56, (4), 805 -1994.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Duch, Raymond M.. Tolerating economic reform: Popular support for transition to a free market in the former Soviet Union. American Political Science Review.87, (3), 590-608.1993.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Gibson, James L., Duch, Raymond M.. Emerging democratic values in Soviet political culture. Public Opinion and Regime Change: The New Politics of Post-Soviet Societies.Boulder, CO: Westview. 1993.
  • Gibson, James L., Duch, Raymond M.. Anti-Semitic attitudes of the mass public: Estimates and explanations based on a survey of the Moscow Oblast. Public Opinion Quarterly.56, (1), 1-28.1992.
    • ID: 10.1086/269293 (DOI)
  • Gibson, James L., Duch, Raymond M., Tedin, Kent L.. Democratic values and the transformation of the Soviet Union. Journal of Politics.54, (2), 329-371.1992.

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Gibson, James L.; Duch, Raymond M.; Denisovsky, Gennady; Kozyreva, Polina; Matskovsky, Michail (1992): Cultural Democratization in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR): Moscow Oblast Survey, 1990. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.