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International Relations (November 1955)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • USIA, Washington
Publication Date
  • DIVO, Frankfurt (Data Collector)
  • Gallup Poll, London (Data Collector)
  • IFOP, Paris NORSK Gallup Institutt, Oslo (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 on international policy. Questions on security policy. Topics: Attitude to selected European countries, to the USA, the USSR as well as to the unification of Europe; judgement on the attitude of selected countries to the independence efforts of other countries; assessment of the danger of war; judgement on the peace efforts of the USSR and the USA; country responsible for the strained relations between the USA and the USSR; desired East-West-orientation of one´s own country; judgement on the Four-Power-Conference in Geneva; desired behavior of one´s own country in case of an attack on a partner country; confidence in the NATO partners; attitude to a demilitarized zone in Europe; preferred way to increase the security of one´s own country; attitude to NATO and judgement on membership of one´s country as well as judgement on the contribution in troops and finances; attitude to the abolition of NATO; attitude to the admission of China into the United Nations. The following questions were not asked in all countries: judgement on the behavior of foreign powers in the Near-East-Conflict (not in Norway); attitude to Western arms deliveries to Israel (FRG and Great Britain only); judgement on Soviet as well as American customs in the treatment of foreign visitors in the country (not in France). In France the following questions were additionally asked: attitude to the Saar referendum and judgement on foreign affairs implications; attitude to the stationing of foreign troops in one´s own country; judgement on the relation of the population with American troops. In Great Britain the following question was additionally asked: most important problems in the country. In Norway the following questions were additionally asked: interest in foreign policy; attitude to atomic energy; judgement on selected foreign broadcasting stations; judgement on cultural development in selected countries.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1955-11 / 1955-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG without Saarland
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • Norway (NO)
  • France (FR)
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: 3297
    Number of Variables: 134
813 persons were interviewed in the Federal Republic, 803 in France, 867 in Norway and 814 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-6. 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
  • ZA2071 (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: 85 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

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