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International Relations (February 1955, Germany)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • USIA, Washington
  • DIVO, Frankfurt
Publication Date
  • DIVO, Frankfurt (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • International politics and organisation
    • Conflict, security and peace
  • Abstract

    Attitude to problems of international policy as well as judgement on various countries, their policies and politicians. The USA image of the Germans. Topics: Most important problems of the FRG; attitude to unification of Europe and assumed chances of realization; evaluation of the American stand on unification efforts; necessity of a Western European defense organization and a German defense contribution; image of NATO; evaluation of German-American and German-Soviet relations; assessment of the danger of war; judgement on the American and Soviet efforts to avoid a war and the possible usefulness of an East-West conference; ideas about the political orientation or neutrality of the FRG; judgement on the successes of communist or western powers in Europe and Asia; attitude to disarmament, a prohibition of production of nuclear weapons and peaceful use of atomic energy; judgement on Adenauer, Mendes-France, Eden, Dulles and Molotov; attitude to France, England, China, America and the Soviet Union; knowledge about the term ´peaceful co-existence´; assessment of the credibility of the American and Soviet policies; expected influence of the communists in the FRG and the Soviet Union on the KPD; party preference; membership in a trade union. Demography: age (classified); sex; school education; occupation; household income; head of household; state; membership. Interviewer rating: social class of respondent; number of contact attempts; identification of interviewer; city size.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1955-02
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG without Saarland
Sampled Universe
Age: 21-79.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 820
In the judgement on politicians a split questionnaire was used. The study is part of an international comparative investigation; the summarized description is archived under ZA Study No. 2070.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0431 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Merritt, Richard L.; Puchala, Donald J. (Hrsg.): Western European Perspectives on International Affairs: Public Opinion Studies and Evaluations. New York: Praeger 1968.
  • Allerbeck, Klaus R.: Demokratisierung und sozialer Wandel in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland: Sekundäranalyse von Umfragedaten 1953-1974. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1976.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 97 | Registration Date: 2010-07-21

USIA, Washington; DIVO, Frankfurt (1970): Internationale Beziehungen (Februar 1955, Deutschland). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.