American Foreign Policy Officials Study, 1966 (ICPSR 5809)

Published: Feb 16, 1992

Principal Investigator(s):
Bernard Mennis

Version V1

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.

Mennis, Bernard. American Foreign Policy Officials Study, 1966  . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16.

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

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