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Washington Post Soviet Attitude Poll, August 1991

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; Bush, George H.W.; communism; Gorbachev, Mikhail; leadership; political leaders; public opinion; Reagan, Ronald; social issues; world problems; Yeltsin, Boris
  • Abstract

    This data collection explores respondents' attitudes towards changes in the Soviet Union and related issues. Respondents were questioned about the most important problem facing this country, the nation that posed the greatest threat to world peace, opinions of Bush, Gorbachev, Reagan, and Yeltsin, and the most powerful political leader of the Soviet Union. In addition, respondents were asked whether communism was dying, if the United States should take all steps necessary including the use of force to prevent the spread of communism, whether a person should be allowed to make a speech or teach in college if the person admitted to being a Communist, and if they thought the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe was the single most important event in their lifetime. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, education, race, age, income, sex, and state/region of residence.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1991-08-29 / 1991-09-01
    Time period: 1991-08-29--1991-09-01
  • 1991-08-29 / 1991-09-01
    Collection date: 1991-08-29--1991-09-01
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia.
Households were selected by random digit dialing. Within the household, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was at home at the time of the interview.
Collection Mode
  • A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis. Telephone exchanges have been recoded to blanks for reasons of confidentiality.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9756 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

The Washington Post (1992): Washington Post Soviet Attitude Poll, August 1991. Version 1. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.