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International Relations (February 1955)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • USIA, Washington
Publication Date
  • DIVO, Frankfurt (Data Collector)
  • Gallup Poll, London (Data Collector)
  • Institut Francais d'Opinion Publique, Paris (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • International politics and organisation
    • Conflict, security and peace
    • Government, political systems and organisation
  • Abstract

    Attitudes to questions of international policy and security policy. Judgement on selected countries and their policies and politicians. Topics: Most important problems of the country; attitude to the unification of Europe and assumed chances of achieving it; evaluation of the American attitude to the unification efforts; necessity of a Western European defense organization and attitude to a German defense contribution; evaluation of the relations of the country with America and the Soviet Union; assessment of the danger of war; judgement on the American and Soviet peace efforts; country responsible for the strained relations between the USA and the USSR; utility of a possible East-West-conference; ideas about the political orientation or neutrality of the country; judgement on the success of communist or Western powers in Europe as well as in Asia; attitude to NATO; attitude to disarmament, to a prohibition of the production of nuclear weapons and to the peaceful use of atomic energy; attitude to use of atom bombs or hydrogen bombs on enemy cities as well as on front-line troops; countries threatened by a possible nuclear war (except France); judgement on Adenauer, Mendes-France, Eden, Dulles and Molotov as well as general attitude to France, England, China, the USA and the USSR; attitude to so-called ´peaceful coexistence´; judgement on the credibility of American and Soviet world politics; supposed influence of the communists in one´s own country; supposed dependence on the Soviet Union of the communist party of the country; party preference; trade union membership (except France). Interviewer rating: assessment of social class of respondent. In Great Britain the following questions were also asked: attitude to the admission of China to the UN; desired American reaction in case of an attack on Formosa by Red China; preferred government for Formosa; duration of interview; number of contact attempts and contact result. In France the following questions were also asked: perceived threat to one´s own country from selected countries; attitude to a German reunification; housing status; possession of vehicle and radio; employment of domestic help.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1955-02
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG without Saarland
  • France (FR)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 21 and older.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral interview with standardized questionnaire.
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2524
    Number of Variables: 136
820 persons were interviewed in Germany, 899 in France and 805 in Great Britain. The data of the study conducted at the same time in Italy are not available. The study has the USIA-designation XX-3. The USIA-Studies of the XX-Series (international relations) from XX-2 to XX-18 are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1969-1976 as well as 2069-2074 and 2124-2127.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2070 (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.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 87 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

USIA, Washington (1996): Internationale Beziehungen (Februar 1955). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.