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American Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy, 1975 (ICPSR 5808)

Principal Investigator(s): Chicago Council on Foreign Relations


For this study surveys were conducted with a sample of Americans in leadership positions with the greatest influence upon and knowledge about foreign relations, and a public sample of Americans aged 18 and older in 1974. The surveys were commissioned by the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations for the purpose of answering certain questions relating to foreign policy. Questionnaires were developed and implemented by Louis Harris and Associates, Inc. Many questions asked in both surveys were identical in order to facilitate a comparison of the kind and frequency of responses. Data are provided on the attitudes and opinions of the public and the leaders on the extent and role of United States' involvement in world affairs and the amount of domestic support for this involvement, how and by whom the United States' foreign policy should be formed, and the relationship between domestic and foreign policies in the context of growing United States' interdependence with other countries. The Leadership Sample data file (Part 1) consists of a sample of 330 Americans in leadership positions drawn in roughly equal proportions from the following sub-populations: senators and representatives, officials of the Department of State, officials with international responsibilities from other government departments, the business community, communications, and education. Also, in somewhat smaller numbers, leaders were drawn from major labor unions and ethnic and religious organizations. The Public Sample data file (Part 2) consists of a stratified systematic national sample of 1,513 American respondents.

Series: American Public Opinion and United States Foreign Policy Series

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DS2:  Public Sample - Download All Files (10.153 MB)
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Study Description


Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. American Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy, 1975. ICPSR05808-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR05808.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR05808.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    foreign affairs, foreign aid, foreign policy, international relations, leadership, military intervention, national elites, national interests, policy making, public approval, public opinion

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1974

Date of Collection:   

  • 1974-12-06--1974-12-29

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    National sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States aged 18 and older, and Americans in leadership positions 1974.

Data Source:

personal interviews and self-enumerated questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-20

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB5808.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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