Attitudes to Security Policy in the Federal Republic (November 1987,I)

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

    Judgement on questions of security policy. Judgement on the American-Soviet disarmament talks. Attitude to NATO. Topics: Judgement on German-American, German-Soviet and American-Soviet relations; opinions about the USA and the USSR and reasons for a positive or negative attitude; Gorbachev as reason for the change of one´s own attitude regarding the Soviet Union; assumed congruence of foreign policy goals of the USSR and the USA; agreement of the German interests with American policies regarding the Soviet Union; desired conduct of German foreign policy; assumed Soviet or American influence on German policies; countries presenting a military threat for the Federal Republic; perceived threat from the Soviet Union; perceived protection from a Soviet threat by NATO; assumed reasons for Soviet military forces in Eastern Europe; perceived threat of one´s own security from the stationing of the SS24 nuclear missiles; perceived loss in indepencence of the country through NATO membership; necessity of stationing of US troops in Europe to prevent an attack on the Federal Republic; attitude to a strong national defense; personal defense preparedness; attitude to an independent defense of the country; acceptance of the USA as leadership power in the NATO alliance; necessity of the NATO; attitude to remaining in NATO, even with a withdrawal of Soviet troops from Eastern Europe; extent of trust in the defense system and in the USA; necessity of nuclear weapons for deterrence; NATO with or without nuclear weapons; assessment of the defense preparedness of the Federal Republic with a nuclear attack; attitude to stationing of missile defense facilities; attitude to stationing of missile defense facilities to protect against a nuclear attack in the Federal Republic; interest in American-Soviet disarmament talks; attitude to elimination of all medium-range missiles; reason for approval of such an elimination; country first making the recommendation for a zero solution; Americans or Sowjets as advocates of a treaty on nuclear arms controls; trust in the USSR as well as in the USA in observance of a disarmament treaty; assumed reasons for a treaty to reduce medium-range missiles; further steps to peace; attitude to Gorbachev and Reagan and reason for one´s own opinion; changes in one´s own opinion regarding Reagan; judgement on the presentation of Gorbachev and Reagan in the German press; knowledge about changes in the position of the USSR; most important goals of Gorbachev for the USSR; assumed permanence of changes by Gorbachev; Gorbachev as leadership personality for the Soviet Union; interest in politics; possession of a telephone; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; most important source of information in the media about arms control; party preference; behavior at the polls in the Federal Parliament election 1987.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1987-11
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG without 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: 1022
    Number of Variables: 199
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
  • ZA2448 (Type: ZA-No.)

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