"Don't knows" and public opinion towards economic reform: Evidence from Russia

Adam J. Berinsky, Joshua A. Tucker

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    Abstract

    As market reform has spread throughout the globe, both scholars and policy makers have become increasingly interested in measuring public opinion towards economic changes. However, recent research from American politics suggests that special care must be paid to how surveys treat non-respondents to these types of questions. We extend this line of inquiry to a well-known case of large-scale economic reform, Russia in the mid-1990s. Our major finding is that Russians who fail to answer survey questions tend to be consistently less "liberal" than their counterparts who are able to answer such questions. This finding has implications both for our understanding of Russian public opinion in the 1990s, as well as for measuring attitudes towards economic reform more generally.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)73-99
    Number of pages27
    JournalCommunist and Post-Communist Studies
    Volume39
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 2006

    Keywords

    • Economic reform
    • Public opinion
    • Russia
    • Survey research methodology

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Development
    • Sociology and Political Science

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