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ZA0431: International Relations (February 1955, Germany)

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Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation USIA, Washington; DIVO, Frankfurt (1970): International Relations (February 1955, Germany). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA0431 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA0431
TitleInternational Relations (February 1955, Germany)
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 1970)
Date of Collection02.1955 - 02.1955
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • USIA, Washington
  • DIVO, Frankfurt


AbstractAttitude to problems of international policy as well as judgement on various countries, their policies and politicians. The USA image of the Germans. Topics: Most important problems of the FRG; attitude to unification of Europe and assumed chances of realization; evaluation of the American stand on unification efforts; necessity of a Western European defense organization and a German defense contribution; image of NATO; evaluation of German-American and German-Soviet relations; assessment of the danger of war; judgement on the American and Soviet efforts to avoid a war and the possible usefulness of an East-West conference; ideas about the political orientation or neutrality of the FRG; judgement on the successes of communist or western powers in Europe and Asia; attitude to disarmament, a prohibition of production of nuclear weapons and peaceful use of atomic energy; judgement on Adenauer, Mendes-France, Eden, Dulles and Molotov; attitude to France, England, China, America and the Soviet Union; knowledge about the term ´peaceful co-existence´; assessment of the credibility of the American and Soviet policies; expected influence of the communists in the FRG and the Soviet Union on the KPD; party preference; membership in a trade union. Demography: age (classified); sex; school education; occupation; household income; head of household; state; membership. Interviewer rating: social class of respondent; number of contact attempts; identification of interviewer; city size.
Categories Categories
  • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
Topics Topics
  • 11.2 International politics and organisation
  • 11.3 Conflict, security and peace


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE), FRG without Saarland
UniverseAge: 21-79.
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
Multi-stage random sample
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data CollectorDIVO, Frankfurt
Date of Collection
  • 02.1955

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)
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Further Remarks

NotesIn the judgement on politicians a split questionnaire was used. The study is part of an international comparative investigation; the summarized description is archived under ZA Study No. 2070.
Number of Units: 820
Number of Variables: -
Data Type: Einfachlochung
Analysis System(s): SPSS


  • 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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  • International Relations
    Principal Investigator: USIA, Washington; Data Collector: DIVO, Frankfurt