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American Public Opinion and United States Foreign Policy Series RSS

Investigator(s): Chicago Council on Foreign Relations

This series of quadrennial studies was designed to investigate the opinions and attitudes of the general public and a select group of opinion leaders (or elites) on matters relating to United States foreign policy and to define the parameters of public opinion within which decision-makers must operate. For purposes of this series, opinion leaders are defined as individuals in positions of leadership in government, academia, business and labor, the media, religious institutions, special interest groups, and private foreign policy organizations. In two separate surveys, both general public and elite respondents are questioned regarding various foreign policy problems, such as the relationship between domestic and foreign policy priorities, the roles of various individuals and institutions in the creation of foreign policy, and the appropriate responses of the United States to actions by the (former) Soviet Union and other countries that vary from study to study. Other questions asked of both groups cover economic aid to other nations, military aid/selling military equipment to other nations, the role of the United States in world affairs, and the use of United States troops in other parts of the world. Respondents from the general public are also asked to rate various foreign countries and American and foreign leaders on a feeling-thermometer scale.

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2013
Chaudoin, Stephen,  Smith, David Thomas,  Urpelainen, Johannes . American evangelicals and domestic versus international climate policy. Review of International Organizations. 1-29.
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2012
Lee, Suman,  Hong, Hyehyun . International public relations? influence on media coverage and public perceptions of foreign countries. Public Relations Review. 38, (3), 491-493.
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2011
Fordham, Benjamin O.,  Kleinberg, Katja B. International trade and US relations with China. Foreign Policy Analysis. 7, (3), 217-236.
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2011
Holyk, Gregory G. Individual-level predictors of leader and public support for the use of force. International Journal of Public Opinion Research. 23, (2), 214-229.
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2010
Cha, Victor D,  Katz, Katrin . Report on US Attitudes toward the Republic of Korea. Chicago Council Global Views 2010 - U.S. Attitudes Towards the R.O.K.. Chicago, IL: Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
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2004
Wanta, Wayne,  Golan, Guy,  Lee, Cheolhan . Agenda setting and international news: Media influence on public perceptions of foreign nations. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. 81, (2), 364-377.
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1997
Cunningham, Jennifer,  Moore, Michael K. Elite and Mass Foreign Policy Opinions: Who Is Leading This Parade?. Social Science Quarterly. 78, (3), 641-656.
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1990
Fite, David,  Genest, Marc,  Wilcox, Clyde . Gender Differences in Foreign Policy Attitudes: A Longitudinal Analysis. American Politics Quarterly. 18, (4), 492-513.
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1988
Graham, Thomas W. The Pattern and Importance of Public Knowledge in the Nuclear Age. Journal of Conflict Resolution. 32, (2), 319-334.
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1987
Wittkopf, Eugene R. Elites and Masses: Another Look at Attitudes toward America's World Role. International Studies Quarterly. 31, (2), 131-159.
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