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ABC News Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) Coup Poll, August 1991 (ICPSR 9757)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This survey focuses on issues related to the military takeover in the Soviet Union and the removal of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev from power. Respondents were asked if they approved of the way George Bush was handling the situation in the Soviet Union, whether the events in the Soviet Union posed a major threat to world peace, whether the economic and political reforms in the Soviet Union would continue under the new leaders, whether the new leaders could be trusted to honor the Soviet Union's international treaties, how likely it was that the Soviet Union would go back to hard-line communism, and whether the people who took power in the Soviet Union would be able to remain in power over the long term. Respondents were also questioned about whether the United States should cut long-range nuclear missiles, scale back sales of wheat to the Soviet Union, and help the republics that wanted to break away from the Soviet Union. They were also asked if they thought the Cold War would start again. Background information on respondents includes political alignment, age, sex, and state/region of residence.

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS (USSR) COUP POLL, AUGUST 1991. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1991. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-09-18. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09757.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09757.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush Administration (1989-1993), Bush, George H.W., Cold War, communism, demographic characteristics, economic reform, foreign policy, Gorbachev, Mikhail, international agreements, leaders, military coups, nuclear weapons, presidential performance, public opinion, reform, Soviet Union, treaties

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1991-08-20

Date of Collection:   

  • 1991-08-20

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A weight variable is included that must be used in any analysis. Telephone exchanges have been recoded to blanks for reasons of confidentiality.


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing. Within 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.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1992-05-12

Version History:

  • 2007-09-18 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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