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Worldviews 2002: American and European Public Opinion on Foreign Policy (ICPSR 3821)

Principal Investigator(s): Chicago Council on Foreign Relations; The German Marshall Fund of the United States


This study is designed to measure attitudes of the general public toward foreign policy issues. First conducted in 1974, the Chicago Council on Foreign Relation's quadrennial public opinion survey is the most comprehensive and widely cited source of information on United States public and leadership attitudes on international relations and foreign policy. This year, for the first time, the German Marshall Fund of the United States partnered with the Chicago Council to undertake a parallel study in six European countries: Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and the Netherlands. In particular, this study covered three topics: perceptions of citizens of the countries and the problems they face, the roles of the United States and the European Union (EU) in the world, and attitudes toward geopolitics and globalization. Regarding perceptions of citizens of the countries and the problems they face, respondents were asked to give their opinions on persisting friendliness of the countries toward each other, common perceptions of threats, support for multilateralism, readiness to use military force, resolve to combat terrorism, and support for NATO and its expansion. On the topic of the roles of the United States and the EU in the world, respondents were asked their feelings about United States leadership in the world, support for the EU playing a more prominent international role, whether the EU should become a superpower, and what role the EU should play militarily in the world. Concerning geopolitics and globalization, respondents were asked their opinions about Iraq, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Russia, the rise of China as a world power, the impact of globalization, and trade. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, position with respect to the liberal-conservative continuum, education, party preference, geographic region, and employment status.

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Study Description


Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, and The German Marshall Fund of the United States. Worldviews 2002: American and European Public Opinion on Foreign Policy. ICPSR03821-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03821.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03821.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Afghanistan War, agriculture, Arab Israeli conflict, defense spending, economic aid, economic sanctions, education, European Union, food production, foreign affairs, foreign aid, foreign policy, global warming, immigration policy, International Monetary Fund, international relations, Iraq War, leadership, Middle East, military intervention, national elites, national interests, NATO, peace keeping missions, policy making, public approval, public opinion, September 11 attack, terrorism, trade policy, United Nations, World Bank, World Trade Organization, worldview

Geographic Coverage:    France, Germany, Global, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2002-06--2002-07

Date of Collection:   

  • 2002-06--2002-07

Universe:    Adults 18 years or older living in private households.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Produced by Market and Opinion Research International, London, England, and Harris Interactive, Rochester, NY, 2002.


Sample:    In each of the six European countries, a representative sample of 1,000 adults living in private households was selected. Households were selected by a random digit dialing approach. The random last/next birthday method was used, in which interviewers asked to speak with the member of the household 18 years or older who had the last/next birthday (except in Great Britain and Poland). In Great Britain and Poland, respondents were chosen randomly, but quotas were set to ensure that a representative cross-section of the population was interviewed. In the United States, telephone interviews were conducted among men and women 18 years of age and older, using a random-digit dialing technique with a national probability sample. Personal in-home interviews with a national probability sample of 400 men and women aged 18 years of age and older were also conducted.

Data Source:

personal interviews and telephone interviews

Response Rates:    The overall average response rate for the European survey was 37 percent. No information is available regarding response rates for the United States.


Original ICPSR Release:   2004-11-24



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