Use of Atomic Energy

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • USIA, Washington
  • DIVO, Frankfurt
Publication Date
  • DIVO, Frankfurt (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Technology, Energy
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Conflict, security and peace
    • Natural resources and energy
  • Abstract

    Attitude to peaceful and military use of atomic energy. Topics: Knowledge of areas of use for atomic energy; assumed leadership role of one country in the development of atomic energy; knowledge about the Geneva conference and additional knowledge about the peaceful use of atomic energy from it; assumed personal benefit from atomic energy; general advantages and disadvantages of atomic energy for humanity; assumed preference for (peaceful or military) use of atomic energy by the superpowers; knowledge about use in therapy; knowledge of plans for construction of nuclear power plants in the Federal Republic; attitude to research support by the Federal Government in the area of nuclear energy; assumptions about armament of the superpowers with nuclear weapons and assessment of the probability of use of nuclear weapons in a war; assumptions about the regions affected by a nuclear war; attitude to use of American atomic bombs to defend the FRG; trust in the USA regarding nuclear weapons; assessment of the danger of nuclear weapons tests; assumed blocker of an agreement about international prohibition of nuclear weapons; knowledge about nuclear weapons stored in West Germany and attitude to stationing American nuclear weapons in the FRG; personal impression of the defense strength of the NATO; assessment of an effective protection against nuclear weapons; judgement on the economic situation; local residency. Demography: membership in clubs, trade unions or a party and offices taken on there; age (classified); sex; marital status; religious denomination; school education; occupation; household income; party preference; state; refugee status. Interviewer rating: social class and willingness of respondent to cooperate; number of contact attempts and city size.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1955-08
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG (without the Saarland) and West Berlin
Sampled Universe
No specific information
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1239
    Number of Variables: 92
In the above-mentioned number of cases there are also 300 Berlin respondents. The overproportional consideration of Berliners can be viewed as a separate sample.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0898 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Merritt, Anna; Merritt, Richard L. (Hrsg.): Public Opinion in Semisovereign Germany: HICOG Surveys 1949-1955. Urbana: University of Illinois Press 1980.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 97 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22