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ZA1969: International Relations (June 1955)

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Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation USIA, Washington (1991): International Relations (June 1955). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA1969 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA1969
TitleInternational Relations (June 1955)
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 1991)
Date of Collection06.1955 - 06.1955
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • USIA, Washington


AbstractQuestions of foreign policy and security policy. Attitude to the Four-Power Conference and the military status of Germany. Comparison of the military strength of the USA und the Soviet Union. Topics: most important political problems of the country; danger of world war; danger of war in Europe; judgement on the American and Soviet peace efforts; influence of American military bases in Europe on the perceived danger of war; general attitude to Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the USA and the USSR (each according to country of survey); judgement on American and Soviet willingness to make political concessions as well as country responsible for the tense relations between the USA and the USSR; ideas about the political orientation or neutrality of the country at the current point in time as well as in the case of war between the USA and the Soviet Union and orientation on use of atomic bombs; knowledge about a planned Four-Power Conference and knowledge about the countries represented there; desired result of this conference and perceived probabilties of success; reliability of the participating countries regarding the agreements made; judgement on the willingness of the individual participating countries to make concessions; judgement on conference participants such as Eden, Eisenhower, Faure, Dulles, Molotov and Bulganin regarding their effort for world peace; personal attitude to selected conference topics and probability of agreement; definition of conference success; preference for a neutral and reunited Germany or for integration of West Germany in the western defense system; preference for neutrality even without a security guarantee by the USA; preferred solution for divided Germany; attitude to a demilitarization of Germany; attitude to communist rule in Eastern Europe and to a trip by Adenauer to Moscow; attitude to application of the Austrian model of neutrality to Germany; willingness to defend fundamental values; fear of use of nuclear weapons in a new world war; judgement on the seriousness of American and Soviet efforts to outlaw nuclear weapons; comparison of strength of nuclear weapons as well as strength of conventional weapons of the two great powers; approval of a reduction in nuclear weapons, even at a weakening of the western powers; party preference; union membership. Interviewer rating: assessment of social class as well as willingness of respondent to answer; number of contact attempts. In Italy the following questions were also posed: attitude to neutrality of Italy.
Categories Categories
  • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
Topics Topics
  • 11.2 International politics and organisation
  • 11.3 Conflict, security and peace
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE), FRG without Saarland and East Berlin
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • France (FR)
  • Italy (IT)
UniversePersons at the age of 21 years 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; Istituto Italiano Dell'Opinione Pubblica, Mailand
Date of Collection
  • 06.1955

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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 Federal Republic 857 persons were inteviewed, in Great Britain 790, in France 790 and in Italy 816. The USIA designation of this study is XX-4. 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: 3253
Number of Variables: 104
Data Type: -
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