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Study Report

Study Number: LA-026-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1975

Subject Area: Public Opinion on Political Matters, Political Participation

Bibliographic Citation: American public opinion and U.S. foreign policy, 1975 [national leaders].  [machine-readable data file] / Chicago Council on Foreign Relations  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 5808

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 2 volumes hard copy; machine-readable dictionary.

Abstract: This study consists of two surveys conducted in the United States during December 1974. The measuring instruments used in the surveys were questionnaires developed and implemented by Louis Harris and Associates, Inc. The questions asked were drawn from the following general categories: domestic versus foreign policy, the United States role in the world, United States political involvement in the world, United States economic involvement in the world, and who makes United States foreign policy? The first part is the public survey involving a stratified systematic national sample of 1,513 American respondents, aged 18 years and older. This public survey was conducted between December 6 and December 14, 1974. Respondents were asked over 80 questions, from which 364 variables were constructed. The Leadership Survey includes 328 individuals representing Americans in leadership positions with the greatest influence upon and knowledge about foreign relations. Over 80 questions were asked the respondents from which 336 variables were extracted. This leadership survey was 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. Many questions asked in both surveys were identical to facilitate the comparison of the kind and frequency of responses.

SUBJECT TERMS: detent. diplomatic relations. domestic affairs. economic involvement-United States. foreign affairs. foreign policy. governmental elites. international interactions. leadership. national elites. political participation. United States.


Reilly, John E. American Public Opinion and United States Foreign Policy 1975, The Chicago Council of Foreign Relations, 1975.

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