Attitudes to Security Policy in the Federal Republic (June 1986)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • USIA, Washington
Publication Date
  • SAMPLE, Moelln (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Armed Forces, Defense, Military Affairs
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Domestic political issues
    • International politics and organisation
    • Conflict, security and peace
    • Economic systems and development
  • Abstract

    Judgement on questions of security policy. Judgement on international terrorism and the American actions against Libya. Topics: Interest in news about international events; assessment of the peace efforts of the USA and the USSR; identification of states involved in terrorist attacks in the view of the respondent; perceived threat from terrorism and expectation of success in fighting it; comparison of terrorist attacks in the Middle East with attacks in the Federal Republic; adequate protection against international terrorism by the Federal Government; expected outcome of the Tokio summit meeting regarding the fight against terrorism; most important measures of the government to reduce terrorism; preferred sanctions against Libya due to support for terrorists; attitude to economic sanctions against Libya by the Federal Republic following the example of the USA; arguments against as well as for economic sanctions against Libya; assumed support of German terrorists by Libya; pro-American or anti-American attitude; reasonable use of US military might by president Reagan; attitude to American air attacks on Libya; attitude to a distancing of the Federal Republic from the USA due to the bombardment of Libya; expected effects of the American military action; trust in the ability of the USA to deal with international terrorism; attitude to further military actions of the USA against Libya; restriction of American actions to terrorist, military or industrial targets; arguments against further military actions against Libya; conditions under which one would approve military actions against Libya; assessment of the position of the Federal Government regarding American policies on Libya; American measures against Libya deserving support and assessment of the reactions of the western allies, the Arab world, the Soviet Union; expected influence of these measures on the position of Gaddafi in Libya; expected extension of an American military action into a larger war; knowledge of a Libyan attack on another country; sympathy scale for CDU/CSU, SPD, FDP and the Greens.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1986-06
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons 18 years old and older
Sampling Procedure Comment: Random selection
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 994
    Number of Variables: 117
The study is part of an omnibus survey. The ZA Study Nos. 1796 to 1799 as well as the ZA Study Nos. 2447 to 2449 as well as 2451 were also commissioned by the same client.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2446 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 90 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22