American Policies in the Judgement of German Citizens 1986

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Bonn-Bad Godesberg
  • SINUS, München
Publication Date
  • SINUS, Munich (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Cultural and national identity
    • International politics and organisation
    • Conflict, security and peace
    • Government, political systems and organisation
  • Abstract

    Judgement on questions of security policy as well as the East-West relationship. Attitude to the USA and American policies. Topics: Positive or negative feelings regarding selected American and German products, companies, television series, music culture, pop stars and Japanese cars; feelings on capitalism and socialism; personal experiences in the USA; experiences of friends in the USA; contacts with Americans in the Federal Republic; knowledge about the USA from the media; judgement on television and newspaper reports about the USA; professional or private contacts with America; interest in a trip to the USA; self-evaluation of knowledge of English; anti-American mood in the Federal Republic; sympathy for Americans; attitude to current American policies; event influencing one´s own attitude to the USA; characterization of Americans and Germans (semantic differential); judgement of the East-West relationship; preservation of peace in Europe; perceived military threat from the Soviet Union; comparison of Germans and Americans regarding superiority in selected areas such as space research, security against unemployment, computer technology, protection against crime, sports, fight against terrorism, air travel technology, retirement insurance, culture, folk music, protection against wrongful dismissal, national feelings, style of home decor, serious music, health insurance, literature, pop music, environmental protection, gastronomic culture and democratic freedoms; assessment of political intents of the USSR and the USA regarding securing peace and influence on other countries and their allies; military superiority of Warsaw Pact or NATO; assessment of disarmament interest of the great powers; significance of military balance of power or American superiority for the security of Western Europe; attitude to nuclear deterrence; dependence of the Federal Republic on the United States; attitude to NATO membership; attitude to defense of the Federal Republic by use of nuclear weapons; limitation of nuclear war to Europe as American defense strategy; reliability of the Americans in the case of defense; attitude to an American troop withdrawal from Europe; opinion on the American president Ronald Reagan; trust in the USA as world leading power; military superiority as assumed goal of American military policy; judgement on policies of the Federal Government to reduce tension and assumed change given an SPD government; increased accomplishment of economic interests of the Federal Republic regarding the USA in case of a Rau government; judgement on American military policy, economic policy, policy on Central America and policy regarding Libya (scale); judgement on German sovereignty and description of events hindering full sovereignty; political interest; sources of political information and attendance at political events; firm political conviction; union membership and membership in a professional organization; attitude to the peace movement; behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; party preference; party inclination.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1986-09 / 1986-10
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Germans 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: 1779
    Number of Variables: 206
Parts of the questionnaire dealing with German-American relations are comparable with questions in the ZA Study No. 1733. This study deals with the comparison between the Federal Republic and the Soviet Union.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1732 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Knauer, Sebastian: Lieben wir die USA? Was die Deutschen über die Amerikaner denken. Hamburg: Gruner + Jahr 1987. (STERN-Buch)
  • 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.

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