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Foreign Policy Elites Study, 1958 (ICPSR 07257)

Principal Investigator(s): Rosenau, James


This study contains data on the views and opinions of 647 American public opinion leaders that were participants at the White House Conference on Foreign Aspects of United States National Security held in Washington, DC on February 25, 1958. The sample is composed of 61 percent of the 1,067 conferees. The data represent an attempt to gather empirical information about national leaders, their opinion-making activities, and their attitudinal and behavioral responses to common stimuli. Data are provided on respondents' perceptions and evaluations of the conference and conference participants, and the effects of the conference on their subsequent political and social activism and position on foreign aid. Data are also provided on respondents' formal government and political experience, access to formal and informal channels of communication, friendship networks and interaction among opinion-makers, familiarity with and involvement in foreign affairs, attitudes toward foreign aid, and conceptions of the American people and public opinion. Other demographic items specify age, sex, race, religion, education, foreign travels, occupation, veteran and military status, and leadership of organizations.

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Study Description


Rosenau, James. FOREIGN POLICY ELITES STUDY, 1958. ICPSR07257-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07257.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07257.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    activism, attitudes, foreign affairs, foreign policy, government elites, leadership, political activism, political influence, social activism, social networks

Geographic Coverage:    United States, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1958

Date of Collection:   

  • 1958-05--1958-06

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The Foreign Policy Elites Study, 1958 (ICPSR 7257) data are written in IBM column-binary format. The data are multiply-punched and are stored in EBCDIC. The file should be designated a binary file when used on a non-EBCDIC system.


Sample:    A total of 647 American public opinion leaders that were participants at the White House conference in February 1958.

Data Source:

mailback questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-03

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