International Relations (October 1958)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • USIA, Washington
Publication Date
  • DIVO, Frankfurt (Data Collector)
  • Gallup Poll, London (Data Collector)
  • Institut Francais d'Opinion Publique, Paris (Data Collector)
  • Istituto Italiano dell' Opinione Pubblica, Mailand (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Cultural and national identity
    • International politics and organisation
    • Conflict, security and peace
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Minorities
  • Abstract

    Comparison of the image of the USA with that of the Soviet Union as well as attitudes to questions of international policy. Topics: The survey was conducted with a split questionnaire. The common part contained the following questions: most important domestic and foreign policy problems of the country; attitudes to selected countries; desired East-West orientation of the country; stereotype concepts of Americans (list of characteristics); judgement on the influence of American culture on one´s own country; judgement on the American economic system and American foreign policy; attitude to stationing of American troops in the country; contacts with American soldiers; attitude to the conduct of Americans regarding blacks; sources of information about America; attitude to a military intervention by the Americans in the Formosa conflict; assumed result of the peaceful competition of the two great powers; judgement on cultural life as well as the education system in selected countries; desired military and political cooperation with the USA; party preference. Split A: Attitudes to atomic energy, China´s admission into the UN, American Middle and Far East policy; sympathies in case of a war between China and America; judgement on the danger of war (scale); judgement on the USA in comparison to the Soviet Union regarding their military strength and scientific progress; preferred military leadership power; judgement on the conduct of American and other soldiers (only in the Federal Republic); importance of non-military tasks of NATO. Split B: Attitude to selected heads of government, the leadership role of the USA and American foreign policy; assessment of the seriousness of the disarmament efforts of the superpowers; preferred position of one´s own country in a military conflict between the USA and the USSR as well as possibility of neutrality; knowledge about the situation of the disputed islands in the Formosa conflict; trust in NATO; judgement on the USA in comparison to the Soviet Union regarding economic progress (only in the Federal Republic) and existing social class differences. Interviewer rating: social class (not in France) and willingness of respondent to cooperate (only in the Federal Republic); number of contact attempts (not in Great Britain and Italy); city size; date of interview. The following questions were posed in France: house ownership; possession of a car; possession of a radio; employment of household help. The following question was posed in Great Britain: union membership. Also encoded was: identification of interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1958-10
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG without Saarland
  • France (FR)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • Italy (IT)
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 4879
    Number of Variables: 259
A split questionnaire was used in which depending on split entire complexes of topics were exchanged or only slight variations of question formulation were conducted. In the Federal Republic 610 persons were interviewed according to form A and 585 persons with form B; in France 624 (A), 596 (B); in Great Britain 611 (A), 587 (B); and in Italy 535 (A) and 637 (B). The survey has the USIA designation XX-11. The USIA studies of the XX Series (International Relations) from XX-2 to XX-18 are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1969-1976 as well as 2069-2074 and 2124-2127.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2124 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Merritt, Richard L.; Puchala, Donald J. (Hrsg.): Western European Perspectives on International Affairs: Public Opinion Studies and Evaluations. New York: Praeger 1968.
  • Allerbeck, Klaus R.: Demokratisierung und sozialer Wandel in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland: Sekundäranalyse von Umfragedaten 1953-1974. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1976.

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