Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: LA-026-008-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1986

Subject Area: Public Opinion on Political Matters, Political Participation

Bibliographic Citation: American public opinion and U.S. foreign policy, 1986 [general public].  [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: 8712

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy; machine-readable SPSS data definition statements.

Abstract: This data collection offers information on the opinions and attitudes of the general public and a select group of elites, or opinion leaders, on matters relating to foreign policy. The primary objectives of this study were to define the parameters of public opinion within which decision makers must operate and to compare the attitudes of the general public with those of opinion leaders. For the purposes of this study, ''opinion leaders'' are defined as those who are in positions of leadership in government, academia, business and labor, the media, religious institutions, special interest groups, and private foreign policy organizations. Variables in the general public cross-section file and the elite file include opinions on specific foreign policy problems, economic and military aid to other countries, the role of the United States in foreign affairs, use of United States troops in other parts of the world, a nuclear freeze, the proposed Strategic Defense Initiative (''Star Wars''), and terrorism. Demographic characteristics such as age, sex, race, income, marital status, and educational achievement are also supplied in the cross-section file, along with feeling thermometers which probe for the respondent's attitudes toward various foreign countries and toward well-known political figures. A follow-up survey of the general public was also undertaken to identify changes in attitudes that might have occurred in the aftermath of the Iran/Contra affair. This follow-up file contains a limited set of pertinent variables from the original general public cross-section study.

SOURCE: personal interviews, and telephone interviews

SAMPLE: File 1: national probability sample of the noninstitutionalized civilian population, aged 18 and older. File 2: selected opinion leaders from the Reagan administration, the House of Representatives, the Senate, business, labor, media, education, religious organizations, special interest groups, and private foreign policy organizations. File 3: national probability sample of the noninstitutionalized civilian population, aged 18 and older.

NOTE: The design of the survey was developed by the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations and a group of professional consultants working together with the Gallup Organization. Data were collected by the Gallup Organization.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 3 data files + SPSS Control Cards.

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: LRECL and Card Image, with SPSS Control Cards for each

DATE OF COLLECTION: File 1: October 30, 1986-November 12, 1986. File 2: September 20, 1986-November 18, 1986. File 3: January 18, 1987-February 6, 1987.

FUNDING AGENCY: Chicago Council on Foreign Relations.

SUBJECT TERMS: arms race. diplomatic relations. domestic affairs. economic involvement-United States. foreign affairs. foreign policy. international interactions. leadership. political participation. United States.

Media/File Reports:

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