Attitudes to Security Policy in the Federal Republic (February 1987)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • USIA, Washington
Publication Date
  • SAMPLE, Moelln (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 and the disarmament efforts of the USA and the USSR. Topics: Trust in the United States and the Soviet Union to solve problems in world politics; importance of the summit meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev; country responsible for a possible failure of a summit meeting; assessment of Reagan and Gorbachev regarding their trustworthiness, their negotiation flexibility, their understanding for European problems and the use of military strength to attain political objectives; judgement on the effects of the Marshall Plan; extent to which informed about the trade dispute between the United States and the EC; goals of arms controls between the USA and the Soviet Union; trust in the USA in the preservation of West German interests in the arms control negotiations; assessment of the seriousness of the disarmament efforts of the USA and the Soviet Union; importance of verification of disarmament measures; significance of nuclear weapons for deterrence of a Soviet attack; attitude to increase in defense expenditures and taxes in case of relinquishing nuclear weapons to increase defense with conventional weapons; attitude to a withdrawal of American and Soviet missiles from Europe and related greater dependence on conventional weapons; most important defense systems for the security of the Federal Republic; Americans or Sowjets as initiator of a comprehensive nuclear test ban; most important beneficiary of a nuclear test ban; Americans or Sowjets as the ones stock-piling the most nuclear weapons; knowledge about conducting underground or surface nuclear tests by the USA and the USSR; assessment of the credibility of the Soviet recommendation of a nuclear weapon ban; attitude to an agreement of the Americans to eliminate all nuclear tests; most important arguments for or against the immediate elimination of all nuclear weapons tests; attitude to a restriction of nuclear tests, even without the verification demanded by the Americans; attitude to the anti-missile defense system SDI; most important arguments for or against further research on this defense system; attitude to Soviet linking limitation on SDI and progress in arms control; knowledge of Soviet anti-missiles; comparison of the American or Soviet status of research on anti-missile defense systems; attitude to participation of the Federal Republic in the research on SDI; expected effect of an SDI on the security of the Federal Republic; necessity of the NATO for the security of the Federal Republic; attitude to withdrawal of the Federal Republic from NATO; assessment of the strength of conventional weapons and the nuclear weapon strength of the USA in comparison to the USSR; attitude to use of nuclear weapons by NATO in Europe; trust in the defense preparedness of the USA regarding the Federal Republic; most important trouble spots threatening western interests; knowledge about the geographic location of Nicaragua; positive or negative influence of the USA as well as the Soviet Union on political development in Central America and in the Caribbean; attitude to military support of the Contras in Nicaragua as well as of the opposition troops in Afghanistan by the American government; most important reasons for or against support of the opposition troops in Afghanistan; assessment of realization of human rights in the USA as well as in the Soviet Union; attitude to criticism of government leaders on violation of human rights in other countries.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1987-02
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: 926
    Number of Variables: 103
The study is part of an omnibus survey. The ZA Study Nos. 1796 to 1799 as well as die ZA Study Nos. 2446 to 2449 as well as 2451 were also commissioned by the same client.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2447 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 89 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22