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ABC News West Germany Poll, May 1989 (ICPSR 9248)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This survey of West German respondents elicited their opinions on West Germany and its relationship with the United States and other countries. Topics covered include the respondent's view of Helmut Kohl's handling of his job as chancellor of West Germany, impressions of political leaders, the political leader most interested in arms control, and Gorbachev's motives in relationships with western countries. In addition, respondents were asked which countries they thought were working for peace, which countries were more involved in unrest, and which countries were friends to West Germany. They also were queried about whether there was a need to change West Germany's foreign policy, whether the Soviets should reduce their conventional forces in Europe, whether NATO was necessary for the defense of Western Europe, and whether the cold war between West and East was coming to an end. Views on the United States' short-range nuclear weapons and on American troops in West Germany also were included. Background information on respondents includes region and age.

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC News West Germany Poll, May 1989. ICPSR09248-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-12-13. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09248.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09248.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    arms control, Cold War, defense (military), foreign policy, Gorbachev, Mikhail, international relations, Kohl, Helmut, nations, NATO, nuclear weapons, peace, performance, political leaders, public opinion

Geographic Coverage:    Federal Republic of Germany, Germany, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1989-05-12--1989-05-22

Date of Collection:   

  • 1989-05-12--1989-05-22

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in West Germany.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain blank characters.


Sample:    Households were selected by random digit dialing. Within household, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was at home at the time of the interview.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1991-03-05

Version History:

  • 2007-12-13 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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