Cover: Public opinion and security policy in the Federal Republic of Germany: elite and mass opinion in a comparative perspective

Public opinion and security policy in the Federal Republic of Germany: elite and mass opinion in a comparative perspective

Published 1984

by Peter Schmidt

Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback70 pages $25.00

By analyzing public opinion polls, as well as polls of members of the "security elite" and the "general elite," this paper examines the West German perception of the Communist threat, West German attitudes toward deterrence/defense and detente, and the West German view of the Western Alliance. It reviews opinion trends in the 1970s and compares important results with opinions in principal allied countries. Among his conclusions, the author finds that the most critical development in West German opinion is an increasing belief that the Soviet Union is seeking reconciliation with the West and a decreasing belief that the United States is acting more responsibly than the Soviet Union.

This report is part of the RAND paper series. The paper was a product of RAND from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.