Troop Stationing in Germany : German Public Opinion.

by Horst Mendershausen

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An analysis of the results of a spring 1969 German opinion poll showing that a substantial majority of the people favor the American military presence. Correlations of the sample show that a male, over 25, a Christian-Democrat supporter, and Protestant, with more than elementary schooling, and a higher income is particularly likely to favor American troops stationing. Those undecided are likely to be women, those under 25, with elementary schooling only and low incomes, and those indifferent to political parties. The indecisive response of the 16-24 age group is new. In all groups those opposed are fewer than those in favor. The response to hypothetical questions on future American troop strength and West German sharing of troop-stationing costs is positive. German popular opinion is more favorable to the American military presence than is Japan's. 34 pp.

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