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Civil Defense and Foreign Affairs, 1978 (ICPSR 8553)

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These data were collected in a national survey designed to examine attitudes of American citizens towards civil defense and emergency management. They provide indicators of public opinion on foreign affairs, nuclear weapons, nuclear war, disarmament, emergency shelters, federal spending, evacuation and natural disasters. Ecological variables are appended to each record which characterize respondents as residing in Department of Defense defined risk areas.

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Study Description


Nehnevajsa, Jiri. Civil Defense and Foreign Affairs, 1978. ICPSR08553-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1986. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08553.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Civil Defense Administration (OMB-120-S78002)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   arms race, defense expenditures, disarmament, foreign affairs, government services, nuclear war, nuclear weapons, public health, public opinion, war, weapons systems

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1978

Universe:   United States

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Variables for PSU and county identification are overlaid with zeroes to guarantee confidentiality.


Sample:   Stratified national probability sample.

Data Source:

personal interviews


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