Attitudes to Security Policy in the Federal Republic (June - July 1984)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • USIA, Washington
Publication Date
  • INFRATEST, Munich (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Armed Forces, Defense, Military Affairs
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • International politics and organisation
    • Conflict, security and peace
  • Abstract

    Judgement on questions of security policy. Topics: interest in international policy; main reason for current international tensions; most important measures for the future security of the west; opinion on the USA and the Soviet Union; trust in the two great powers to solve the problems in world politics; judgement on the political conduct of the USSR and of the USA; assessment of the promotion of peace by the conduct of the Soviet Union and the USA; judgement on the concessions to the East to reduce tensions; probability of a Soviet attack on Western Europe; trust in defense preparedness of the USA; judgement on West German and American share of the western defense burden; attitude to American troops in Europe; assessment of the necessity of NATO for the security of the country; preferred security strategy for the Federal Republic; trust in NATO; preference for increasing conventional forces or modernization of NATO nuclear forces; attitude to use of nuclear weapons by NATO; judgement on the defense expenditures of the Federal Republic; attitude to development of space weapons by the USA; assessment of the head-start of the USA or of the Soviet Union in the development of anti-satellite weapons; judgement on the seriousness of the disarmament efforts of the USA and of the USSR; knowledge about stationing medium-range nuclear missiles on the territory of the Federal Republic; attitude to this stationing (scale); knowledge of countries that have used chemical weapons in a military conflict in the last few years; attitude to the Soviet proposal to prohibit chemical weapons in Europe or the proposal of the Americans to prohibit chemical weapons world-wide; judgement on the recommendations of the disarmament conference regarding a non-aggression pact, the creation of a nuclear weapons-free zone and against the first use of nuclear weapons; trust in the extent to which the treaty is being honored by the Soviet Union and the USA; party preference; judgement on the general economic situation in the Federal Republic and the influence of American economic policy on this situation; union membership; availability at home on the last three working days.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1984-06 / 1984-07
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG without West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Eligible voters.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1033
    Number of Variables: 143
The study is part of an omnibus survey. The ZA Study numbers 1796, 1797 as well as 1799 were commissioned by the same client. In content they relate to older USIA studies
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1798 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 87 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22