AMERICAN' VIEWS ON CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE COLD WAR CONTEXT: 1966
PITTSBURGH UNIV PA DEPT OF SOCIOLOGY
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The purpose of this report is to examine Americans views on civil defense in the 1966 cold war context from the point of view of the fundamental patterns and meanings of all available information and from the point of view of evaluating specific items of information. The 1966 data were obtained from a national sample of 1,497 Americans interviewed in February and March, 1966. In many cases, data are presented with comparable data from previous studies. There is a form of national consensus, with stability over time, in support of civil defense, and it is impossible to identify any particular segment of the population who express negative sentiments. The basic consistency in positive attitudes apparently has not been affected by fluctuations in the international environment, changes in the nations administration, or shifts in Soviet leadership. Nor have major shifts in the civil defense programs themselves affected the national sentiment. Americans are convinced that survival odds would be greatly enhanced for a sheltered population. The shelter assignment notion meets with very little negative feeling. The home shelter survey idea is very well received. Americans see a significant role for civil defense in natural disaster and other emergency situations. While Americans do not consider civil defense to be among the most important problems facing the nation, among programs competing before Congress for financial support, civil defense is second only to higher education and national health programs.
- Government and Political Science
- Civil Defense