Attitudes to Security Policy in the Federal Republic (June 1988)

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 and international questions. Defense of the Federal Republic. Topics: Attitude to the Soviet Union and the USA; trust in the Soviet Union and the United States; feeling of community with the other countries of Western Europe and affiliation of the Soviet Union and USA in this community of nations; extent of connection of West German foreign policy with American; influence of the United States on domestic policy development in the Federal Republic; degree of personal freedom in the USA as well as in the Soviet Union; economic advantages as adequate substitute for small personal freedoms in the USSR; appropriateness of the criticism of western politicians of human right violations in the Soviet Union; arms control treaties only in concert with improvement in the human rights situation in the USSR; attitude to neutrality in the political dispute between the United States and the Soviet Union; probability of war in the next five years; trust in defense measures to protect the country; attitude to strong national defense and necessity of the military presence of the USA in Europe; personal defense readiness; the country with the greatest military threat to the Federal Republic; classification of the seriousness of a military threat on the part of the USSR; importance of strong national defense forces in connection with Gorbachev´s policies; the country with the greatest defense readiness for the Federal Republic; trust in defense preparedness of the USA; NATO or Warsaw Pact with an overweight of nuclear military forces; NATO overweight or equivalence with conventional military forces as guarantor of security in Western Europe; attitude to an increase in defense expenditures in the Federal Republic; assumed major reason for retention of Soviet military forces in Eastern Europe and American military forces in Western Europe; attitude to a reduction in military forces; most important reasons for strengthening conventional military forces of the NATO countries; attitude to NATO membership of the Federal Republic and most important reasons for as well as against NATO membership; trust in NATO; attitude to alternative alliances or remaining in NATO; attitude to common military maneuvers with France; necessity of nuclear weapons for deterrence; attitude to elimination of nuclear weapons and NATO; assumed remains of nuclear weapons in the Soviet Union after fulfillment of the INF treaty; attitude to nuclear defense through the NATO (scale); interest in politics; possession of telephone; self-classification on a left-right scale; visit to the United States; studying in the United States; party preference (Sunday question); behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election. Also encoded was: administrative district and ZIP (postal) code.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1988-06
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: 1079
    Number of Variables: 153
The study is part of an omnibus survey. ZA Study Nos. 1796 to 1799 as well as ZA Study Nos. 2446 to 2449 were also commissioned by the same client.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2451 (Type: ZA-No.)

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