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American Foreign Policy Officials Study, 1966 (ICPSR 5809)

Principal Investigator(s): Mennis, Bernard


This data collection contains information on the personal background of 95 United States civilian and military officials involved in foreign policy and their attitudes toward aspects of the international political environment, United States foreign policy, and their own jobs in 1966. Respondents were asked questions about the most important political issues of their generation and their view of the structure of the world political arena, the major causes of war, the just-concluded bilateral agreement between the United States and Russia banning nuclear testing and further arms control, the role of the United Nations (UN) in world affairs, the usefulness of force, the greatest threat to American security, a North Atlantic Treaty Organization-controlled nuclear force, the primary foreign policy objective of the Soviet Union, the impact of the Cold War on American values, institutions, and ways of thinking, and American communists' eligibility for public office. Also elicited were respondents' attitudes toward non-aligned nations. Other variables provide personality scales measuring respondents' degree of dogmatism and rigidity. Demographic variables on respondents provide information on sex, race, nationality, education, religion, family, occupation, political party identification, self-perceived ideological leanings, and official status.

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Study Description


Mennis, Bernard. AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY OFFICIALS STUDY, 1966. Conducted by Bernard Mennis, University of Michigan. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1998. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR05809.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR05809.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    arms control, attitudes, biographical data, Cold War, foreign policy, government elites, international agreements, international relations, national security, opinions, policy making, political issues, United Nations, war, world politics

Geographic Coverage:    United States, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1966

Date of Collection:   

  • 1966

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Sample:    A total of 95 United States civilian and military officials involved in foreign policy in 1966.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-03

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