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American Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy, 1986 (ICPSR 8712)

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Summary:

This data collection offers information on the opinions and attitudes of the general public and a select group of elites, or opinion leaders, on matters relating to foreign policy. The primary objectives of this study were to define the parameters of public opinion within which decision makers must operate and to compare the attitudes of the general public with those of opinion leaders. For the purposes of this study, "opinion leaders" are defined as those who are in positions of leadership in government, academia, business and labor, the media, religious institutions, special interest groups, and private foreign policy organizations. Variables in the general public cross-section file and the elite file include opinions on specific foreign policy problems, economic and military aid to other countries, the role of the United States in foreign affairs, use of United States troops in other parts of the world, a nuclear freeze, the proposed Strategic Defense Initiative ("Star Wars"), and terrorism. Demographic characteristics such as age, sex, race, income, marital status, and educational achievement are also supplied in the cross-section file, along with feeling thermometers which probe for the respondent's attitudes toward various foreign countries and toward well-known political figures. A follow-up survey of the general public was also undertaken to identify changes in attitudes that might have occurred in the aftermath of the Iran/Contra affair. This follow-up file contains a limited set of pertinent variables from the original general public cross-section study.

Series: American Public Opinion and United States Foreign Policy Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
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DS1:  Cross-section - Download All Files (5.7 MB)
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DS2:  Foreign Policy Elite - Download All Files (5.1 MB)
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DS3:  1987 Follow-up - Download All Files (5.1 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. American Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy, 1986. ICPSR08712-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1987. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08712.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • Chicago Council on Foreign Relations

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   arms race, foreign affairs, foreign aid, foreign policy, international relations, leadership, military intervention, national elites, national interests, policy making, public approval, public opinion, terrorism

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1986

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The design of the survey was developed by the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations and a group of professional consultants working together with the Gallup Organization. Data were collected by the Gallup Organization.

Methodology

Sample:   File 1: national probability sample of the noninstitutionalized civilian population, aged 18 and older. File 2: selected opinion leaders from the Reagan administration, the House of Representatives, the Senate, business, labor, media, education, religious organizations, special interest groups, and private foreign policy organizations. File 3: national probability sample of the noninstitutionalized civilian population, aged 18 and older.

Data Source:

personal interviews, and telephone interviews

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Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB8712.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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