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2015 Chicago Council Survey of American Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Kafura, Craig (Chicago Council on Global Affairs)
  • Smeltz, Dina (Chicago Council on Global Affairs)
  • Friedhoff, Karl (Chicago Council on Global Affairs)
  • Daalder, Ivo (Chicago Council on Global Affairs)
  • Holyk, Gregory (Langer Research Associates)
  • Busby, Joshua (University of Texas-Austin)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • American Public Opinion and United States Foreign Policy Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Korea Foundation
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • United States-Japan Foundation
Free Keywords
conflict; diplomacy; economic policy; extremism; foreign affairs; foreign policy; immigration policy; international alliances; international conflict; international relations; international sanctions; international trade; Middle East; military alliances; military intervention; military operations; military strength; national economy; national security; nuclear energy; nuclear weapons; public opinion; trade; trade agreements; trade policy; world politics
  • Abstract

    The Chicago Council Surveys are part of a long-running series of public opinion surveys conducted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs beginning in 1974. They were conducted quadrennially from 1974 to 2002, biennially from 2002 to 2014, and are now conducted annually. The surveys are designed to investigate the opinions and attitudes of the general public on matters related to foreign policy, and to define the parameters of public opinion within which decision-makers must operate. This public opinion study of the United States focused on respondents' opinions of the United States' leadership role in the world and the challenges the country faces domestically and internationally. Data were collected on a wide range of international topics, including: United States' relations with other countries, role in foreign affairs, possible threats to vital interests in the next ten years, foreign policy goals, situations that might justify the use of United States troops in other parts of the world, international trade, United States' participation in potential treaties, U.S. policy towards Russia in Ukraine, the embargo on Cuba and the effects of renewed diplomatic relations with Havana, views of the nuclear deal with Iran and what effects that deal is likely to have, and United States' relations with allies in Asia. Respondents were also asked their opinion on domestic issues including climate change, measures to improve the United States' economic competitiveness, and their views on US immigration policy. Demographic information collected includes age, gender, race/ethnicity, marital status, left-right political self-placement, political affiliation, employment status, highest level of education, and religious preference, household income, state of residence, and living quarters ownership status.
  • Abstract

    The purpose of this study was to examine the attitudes and perceptions of adult Americans across a range of domestic and international public policy issues.
  • Methods

    The data are not weighted, however, the data includes a weight variable (WEIGHT) that should be used when analyzing the data. For more information details about weighting, please refer to the "Original P.I. Documentation" section of the ICPSR Codebook.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created online analysis version with question text.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Methods

    Response Rates: 61 percent
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: 2015 Chicago Council Survey of American Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2015
  • 2015-05-21 / 2015-05-25
    Collection date: 2015-05-21--2015-05-25
  • 2015-05-28 / 2015-06-17
    Collection date: 2015-05-28--2015-06-17
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Non-institutionalized adults aged 18 and over residing in the United States. Smallest Geographic Unit: State
The Gfk Group (Gfk, formerly Knowledge Networks) conducted the 2015 Chicago Council Survey on behalf of the Chicago Council of Global Affairs. GfK sampled 3,583 respondents from its KnowledgePanel, a probability-based web panel designed to be representative of the United States. For additional information on sampling, please refer to the "Original P.I. Documentation" section of the ICPSR Codebook.
Collection Mode
  • web-based survey

    Additional information about the 2015 Chicago Council Survey of American Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy can be found at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Web site.

This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 36437 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR36437.v1

Update Metadata: 2016-07-29 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2016-07-29

Kafura, Craig; Smeltz, Dina; Friedhoff, Karl; Daalder, Ivo; Holyk, Gregory et. al. (2016): 2015 Chicago Council Survey of American Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy. Archival Version. American Public Opinion and United States Foreign Policy Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.