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ZA2125: International Relations (February 1960)

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Citation Citation USIA, Washington (1960): International Relations (February 1960). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA2125 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA2125
TitleInternational Relations (February 1960)
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 1960)
Date of Collection02.1960 - 02.1960
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • USIA, Washington


AbstractJudgement on American and Soviet foreign policy as well as the competition between the great powers. Topics: Most important domestic and foreign policy problems; perceived changes in the relations between the great powers; attitude to selected countries and politicians; preferred East-West orientation of one´s own country; the peace efforts of China; danger of war; assessment of the credibility of the foreign policy of the USSR and the western powers as well as the seriousness of the disarmament efforts of the great powers; principle agreement of one´s own country with the interests of the USA, the USSR, Great Britain, France and China; expected development of agreement between the USSR and China; expected development of the economic and military competition between the great powers; contribution of NATO to European security; NATO contribution of one´s own country; trust in NATO; judgement on the result of the Paris summit conference and assessment of the readiness of the participants to make concessions; attitude to concessions by the western powers in the Berlin question; comparison of current status and future development of science, the military, the standard of living, industrial and agricultural production, welfare, technology, medicine and space flight in the USA and the USSR; assessment of the steadfastness of the American as well as Soviet population in the respective basic ideas and assessment of the readiness of the peoples to make an effort for this conviction; judgement on the prospects for the future of the two economic systems; frequency of watching television in the evening hours; TV possession; number of adults watching television in the afternoon as well as in the evening; going to the movies; assessment of the influence of foreign films on one´s own country; impression of Americans (tourists, students, business people, musicians, politicians) who have been in one´s country; assessment of the influence of American magazines, books, films, television programs, the Voice of America and Jazz on one´s own country; attitude to stationing of American troops in the country and judgement on their conduct; most important sources of information about the USA; perceived differences between American and British broadcast of news and information; most trustworthy source of news; attitude to construction of nuclear weapons by France and the atomic bomb test in the Sahara; the significance of the visit by Khruschev in France for world peace. The following questions were posed except in Great Britain: media usage in form of a detailed recording of the frequency of listening to foreign radio stations (BBC, BFN, AFN) as well as the Voice of America; self-assessment of knowledge of English and judgement on the understandability of radio announcers; union membership; length of interview. The following questions were posed in France: possession of a motor vehicle; possession of a radio; house ownership. The following questions were posed in Germany: number of contact attempts; willingness of respondent to cooperate. The following questions were posed in Italy: place of interview; day of interview.
Categories Categories
  • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
Topics Topics
  • 5.3 Cultural activities and participation
  • 5.4 Cultural and national identity
  • 9.2 Mass media
  • 9.3 Language and linguistics
  • 11.2 International politics and organisation
  • 11.3 Conflict, security and peace
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE), FRG incl. West Berlin
  • France (FR)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • Italy (IT)
UniversePersons 21 years old and older
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
Multi-stage random sample
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data CollectorDIVO, Frankfurt; Gallup Poll, London; Institut Francais d'Opinion Publique, Paris; SIRME Societa Internazionale per le Ricerche di Mercato, Mailand
Date of Collection
  • 02.1960

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2010-4-13 Version number created automatically (implementation of a uniform versioning policy) (Publication Year unknown)
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

NotesA split questionnaire was used. Individual complexes of topics were surveyed in two different question formulations. The study bears the USIA designation XX-12. In Germany 599 respondents were interviewed according to version A and 623 according to version B; in France 608 (A), 620 (B); in Great Britain 613 (A), 608 (B); and in Italy 591 (A), 579 (B). 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.
Number of Units: 4841
Number of Variables: 251
Data Type: -
Analysis System(s): -


  • 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.
Relevant full texts
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  • International Relations
    Principal Investigator: USIA, Washington; Data Collector: DIVO, Frankfurt