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Chicago Council Survey of American Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy, 2014 (ICPSR 36216)

Principal Investigator(s): Smeltz, Dina, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Kafura, Craig, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Daalder, Ivo, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Page, Benjamin, Northwestern University; Holyk, Gregory, Langer Research; Busby, Joshua, University of Texas-Austin; Monten, Jonathan, University College London; Tama, Jordan, American University


The Chicago Surveys are part of a long-running series of public opinion surveys conducted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs every two years. The surveys are designed to investigate the opinions and attitudes of the general public on matters related to foreign policy, and to define the parameters of public opinion within which decision-makers must operate. This public opinion study of the United States focused on respondents' opinions of the United States' leadership role in the world and the challenges the country faces domestically and internationally. Data were collected on a wide range of international topics, including: United States relations with other countries, role in foreign affairs, possible threats to vital interests in the next ten years, foreign policy goals, benefits or drawbacks of globalization, situations that might justify the use of United States troops in other parts of the world, the number and location of United States military bases overseas, respondent feelings toward people of other countries, opinions on the influence of other countries in the world and how much influence those countries should have, international trade, United States participation in potential treaties, the United States' role in the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which side the United States should take in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and what measures should be taken to deal with Iran's nuclear program. Respondents were also asked their opinion on domestic issues including funding for various government programs, climate change, measures to address the United States' dependence on foreign energy sources, and their views of various groups' influence on United States policy. Demographic information collected include age, gender, race/ethnicity, marital status, left-right political self-placement, political affiliation, employment status, highest level of education, and religious preference, household income, state of residence, and living quarters ownership status.

Series: American Public Opinion and United States Foreign Policy Series

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Study Description


Smeltz, Dina, Craig Kafura, Ivo Daalder, Benjamin Page, Gregory Holyk, Joshua Busby, Jonathan Monten, and Jordan Tama. Chicago Council Survey of American Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy, 2014. ICPSR36216-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-08-06. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36216.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36216.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • United States-Japan Foundation
  • Korea Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    domestic policy, foreign affairs, foreign aid, foreign policy, globalization, international trade, Israeli Palestinian conflict, military bases, military intervention, political attitudes

Smallest Geographic Unit:    Congressional District

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2014-04-24--2014-05-29

Date of Collection:   

  • 2014-05-06--2014-05-29

Unit of Observation:    Individual

Universe:    Non-institutionalized adults age 18 and over residing in the United States with an oversample of Hispanic adults.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

For additional information Chicago Council Surveys Web site.


Sample:    The Gfk Group (Gfk, formerly Knowledge Networks) conducted the Chicago Council Biannual Study 2014 on behalf of The Chicago Council of Global Affairs. To sample the population, GfK sampled households from its KnowledgePanel, a probability-based web panel designed to be representative of the United States. For additional information on sampling, please refer to the methodology section in the original P.I. documentation in the codebook.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    The data are not weighted. However, this collection includes weight variables (weight1, weight2) which should be used when calculating national-level statistics. Cases are weighted to account for individual selection probabilities. For additional information on weights, please see the methodology section included in the original P.I. Documentation in the codebook.

Mode of Data Collection:    web-based survey

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2015-08-06



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