Soviet Union: Taking the Public Pulse

Taking the Public Pulse

In the Soviet Union, people have usually kept their views to themselves. Thus it came as a surprise last week when the Soviet daily Izvestia published an interview based on two public-opinion surveys. The polls were the latest example of Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev's policy of glasnost, or openness.

Pollster Vilen Ivanov said he found that Soviet workers feel Gorbachev's economic reforms have so far meant more work, less growth and lower incomes. "The worker's job has not yet undergone any radical change in character, organization or pay," Ivanov told Izvestia. Still, when people were asked their overall view on Gorbachev's...

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