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International Relations (February 1960)

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)
  • SIRME Societa Internazionale per le Ricerche di Mercato, Mailand (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Cultural activities and participation
    • Cultural and national identity
    • Mass media
    • Language and linguistics
    • International politics and organisation
    • Conflict, security and peace
    • Government, political systems and organisation
  • Abstract

    Judgement on American and Soviet foreign policy as well as the competition between the great powers. Topics: Most important domestic and foreign policy problems; perceived changes in the relations between the great powers; attitude to selected countries and politicians; preferred East-West orientation of one´s own country; the peace efforts of China; danger of war; assessment of the credibility of the foreign policy of the USSR and the western powers as well as the seriousness of the disarmament efforts of the great powers; principle agreement of one´s own country with the interests of the USA, the USSR, Great Britain, France and China; expected development of agreement between the USSR and China; expected development of the economic and military competition between the great powers; contribution of NATO to European security; NATO contribution of one´s own country; trust in NATO; judgement on the result of the Paris summit conference and assessment of the readiness of the participants to make concessions; attitude to concessions by the western powers in the Berlin question; comparison of current status and future development of science, the military, the standard of living, industrial and agricultural production, welfare, technology, medicine and space flight in the USA and the USSR; assessment of the steadfastness of the American as well as Soviet population in the respective basic ideas and assessment of the readiness of the peoples to make an effort for this conviction; judgement on the prospects for the future of the two economic systems; frequency of watching television in the evening hours; TV possession; number of adults watching television in the afternoon as well as in the evening; going to the movies; assessment of the influence of foreign films on one´s own country; impression of Americans (tourists, students, business people, musicians, politicians) who have been in one´s country; assessment of the influence of American magazines, books, films, television programs, the Voice of America and Jazz on one´s own country; attitude to stationing of American troops in the country and judgement on their conduct; most important sources of information about the USA; perceived differences between American and British broadcast of news and information; most trustworthy source of news; attitude to construction of nuclear weapons by France and the atomic bomb test in the Sahara; the significance of the visit by Khruschev in France for world peace. The following questions were posed except in Great Britain: media usage in form of a detailed recording of the frequency of listening to foreign radio stations (BBC, BFN, AFN) as well as the Voice of America; self-assessment of knowledge of English and judgement on the understandability of radio announcers; union membership; length of interview. The following questions were posed in France: possession of a motor vehicle; possession of a radio; house ownership. The following questions were posed in Germany: number of contact attempts; willingness of respondent to cooperate. The following questions were posed in Italy: place of interview; day of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1960-02
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
  • France (FR)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • Italy (IT)
Sampled Universe
Persons 21 years old and older
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 4841
    Number of Variables: 251
A split questionnaire was used. Individual complexes of topics were surveyed in two different question formulations. The study bears the USIA designation XX-12. In Germany 599 respondents were interviewed according to version A and 623 according to version B; in France 608 (A), 620 (B); in Great Britain 613 (A), 608 (B); and in Italy 591 (A), 579 (B). 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
  • ZA2125 (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.
  • Allerbeck, Klaus R.: Demokratisierung und sozialer Wandel in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland: Sekundäranalyse von Umfragedaten 1953-1974. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1976.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 86 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

USIA, Washington (1960): Internationale Beziehungen (Februar 1960). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.