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ZA2126: International Relations (June 1961)

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Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation USIA, Washington (1961): International Relations (June 1961). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA2126 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA2126
TitleInternational Relations (June 1961)
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 1961)
Date of Collection06.1961 - 06.1961
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • USIA, Washington


AbstractAttitude to questions of international policy and the competition of the great powers. Topics: The split questionnaire consists of a common part (A/B) and a part (A and B) differing according to survey group. On part A/B: attitude to selected European countries and the USA as well as the USSR; preferred orientation of one´s country towards the USA or the USSR; seriousness of the disarmament efforts of the great powers; agreement of interests between one´s country and the USA or the USSR; USA or USSR as leading current and future economic power as well as in space research; interest in international political questions; party preference. Form A: judgement on Soviet and American foreign policy; assessment of the outcome of the conference between Kennedy and Khruschev; expected superiority of the Soviet Union or America in peaceful competition of the next few years; comparison of the capability of the USA and the Soviet Union in the areas science, space research, welfare, education, culture, medicine, astronomy, atomic energy and mathematics; general comparison of science regarding its freedoms, capability and extent in the two great powers; judgement on the success of manned space travel in the Soviet Union and the USA; attitude to disarmament and the prohibition of nuclear weapons; attitude to a resumption of American nuclear weapons tests in case of failure of the Geneva conference or in case of underground tests in the Soviet Union; trust in NATO and the allies; knowledge about the disarmament proposals of the USA and the Soviet Union; attitude to foreign aid; judgement on the extent of foreign aid from Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and America; judgement on the extent of American military aid; attitude to use of force by the Western Powers in case of increased pressure by the Soviet Union on West Berlin; attitude to the conduct of the Americans in Laos; judgement on the situation of blacks in the USA and perceived development on equal rights with whites. Form B: Stereotype of the USA and the USSR; danger of war; seriousness of American and Soviet foreign policy; judgement on the conference between de Gaulle and Kennedy; assessment of the current and future western or eastern superiority in the military area, regarding the standard of living, scientific development as well as industrial and agricultural production; comparison of the success of the two great powers in the area of space travel; achievement and significance of science in the USSR in comparison to that in the USA in the areas meteorology, deep sea research, psychology and electronic research; most successful nation in manned space flight; attitude to a disarmament treaty and assignment of blame in the case of failure; preference for an immediate prohibition of production of nuclear weapons even without enforcement measures; judgement on the Peace Corps Program and the striving for independence by third world countries; trust in the allies in case of a national conflict; trust in the leadership ability of the USA to solve world problems; Cuba Crisis; personal opinion leadership in political questions.
Categories Categories
  • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
Topics Topics
  • 5.4 Cultural and national identity
  • 11.2 International politics and organisation
  • 11.3 Conflict, security and peace
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 18 Science and technology


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
  • France (FR)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
Multi-stage stratified random sample
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data CollectorDIVO, Frankfurt; The Gallup Poll, London; Institut Francais d'Opinion Publique (Ifop), Paris
Date of Collection
  • 06.1961

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

NotesA split questionnaire was used. In West Germany 572 persons were interviewed (form A), 573 (form B); in France 659 (form A), 671 (form B); in Great Britain 633 (form A), 650 (form B). The USIA designation of this study is XX-13. 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: 3758
Number of Variables: 192
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.
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  • International Relations
    Principal Investigator: USIA, Washington; Data Collector: DIVO, Frankfurt