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Cultural Democratization in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR): Moscow Oblast Survey, 1990 (ICPSR 9726)

Principal Investigator(s): Gibson, James L.; Duch, Raymond M.; Denisovsky, Gennady; Kozyreva, Polina; Matskovsky, Michail


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.

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Study Description


Gibson, James L., Raymond M. Duch, Gennady Denisovsky, Polina Kozyreva, and Michail Matskovsky. CULTURAL DEMOCRATIZATION IN THE UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS (USSR): MOSCOW OBLAST SURVEY, 1990. Houston, TX: James L. Gibson, University of Houston and Moscow, USSR: Gennady Denisovsky, Institute of Sociology, USSR Academy of Sciences [producers], 1991. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09726.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09726.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SES-9003868)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    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

Geographic Coverage:    Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1990-02-17--1990-03-04

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990-02-17--1990-03-04

Universe:    Persons aged 16 and over living in the Moscow Oblast.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    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.

Data Source:

personal interviews, and self-enumerated questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   1992-05-18

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