Questions of Security Policy 1983

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • SINUS, München
  • Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Bonn-Bad Godesberg
Publication Date
  • SINUS, Munich (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Armed Forces, Defense, Military Affairs
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Conflict, security and peace
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
  • Abstract

    Judgement on questions of security policy as well as the East-West relationship. Attitude to the policies of the USA. Topics: judgement on the seriousness of the situation of the Federal Republic as well as economic development in the next few years; judgement on the prospects for peace in Europe, unemployment and current East-West relationship and assessment of future development; self-assessment of extent to which informed and of interest in the topics of unemployment, environmental protection, German-German relations, welfare state, defense policy, German-American relations, municipal policies and education policies; behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election and party preference; party inclination; perceived military threat from the Soviet Union; balance of power of NATO and Warsaw Pact; seriousness of disarmament interest in east and west; dependence of the Federal Republic on the USA; attitude to women in the Federal German Armed Forces; judgement on the policies to reduce tension of the Federal Government; attitude to NATO membership; attitude to use of nuclear weapons on West German territory; reliability of the USA in the case of defense; benefit of US troops in the Federal Republic; judgement on solidarity in NATO; attitude to the policies of Reagan; suitability of selected political manners of proceeding to secure peace and freedom in the Federal Republic (scale); attitude to nuclear deterrence; assessment of the political intents of the USSR and the USA regarding securing of peace and influence on other countries or allies; assessment of the success of the NATO two-track decision and expected result of the Geneva negotiations; assessment of the seriousness of the negotiations between the USA and the USSR on the missile question; attitude to stationing US missiles in the Federal Republic; attitude to a public opinion poll or a decision of the Federal Parliament about stationing American nuclear missiles; preference for recommendations of the party regarding participation in peace demonstrations; preference for a stronger reliance on or greater independence from the USA; knowledge about the ´new defense policy´ with more conventional military forces; assumed attitude of American and German parties on this defense strategy; attitude to the peace movement (scale); possibilites of improving relations between the two German nations; judgement on the Strauss talks with Honecker; attitude to intensification of criminal law for demonstrations and a law requiring demonstrators to leave their faces uncovered; attitude to further talks with the GDR, even given increased tensions between the superpowers; stronger interest of the Federal Government or the government of the GDR in improving German-German relations; personal intent to participate in protests and demonstrations in case of stationing of missiles; participation even if violent rioting expected; willingness to participate in selected forms of protest with and without official permission (scale); expectation of violent rioting during demonstrations; judgement on American policies in the areas of defense policy, policies to reduce tensions, stationing weapons in space (SDI), policies on Central America; export prohibition for high-quality industry goods to the Soviet Union and trade restrictions against Poland; union membership and membership in a professional organization. Also encoded were: size of municipality; ZIP (postal) code; date of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1983-08 / 1983-09
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
German citizens 18 years old and older living in private households
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample (ADM mastersample)
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1633
    Number of Variables: 150
Further studies on the same topic and by the same survey institute are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1732 and 1733. In content the surveys continue from the so-called HICOG studies of the 50´s.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1731 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • SINUS: Sowjetische und amerikanische Politik im Urteil der Deutschen in der Bundesrepublik: Eine Studie im Auftrag der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung und des STERN. Bonn: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung 1988.
  • Knauer, Sebastian: Lieben wir die USA? Was die Deutschen über die Amerikaner denken. Hamburg: Gruner + Jahr 1987. (STERN-Buch)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 88 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22