Dataset: Election Study 1957

Variable v397: A, A': prospects attack

Literal Question

Let's assume Western Europe was attacked by Russia - what do you think would be our prospects? Here are four possibilities. What's most likely to happen?
<Int.: present list>

1 together America and Western Europe could fight off the Russians
2 America and Western Europe could hold up the Russians but not more
3 Western Europe would get overrun by the Russians and maybe be liberated again after a long struggle
4 Western Europe would be overthrown by the Russians
5 other answers
Germany is in a bad situation and it depends where the war would happen - it will be a nuclear war where it depends on the fastest one - if the Bundeswehr was build up like before 1945 there would be a possibility to defeat the Russian - the Russian could be fought off, only if sufficient troups and material are available - if the Russian would advance as far as the Atlantic Ocean in the first two weeks the West will have lost the war, otherwise he could be destroyed - we'd be finished off if the Americans wouldn't intervene immediately - if nuclear weapons are used in the attack, that'll be it - that would be the end. Atom bombs on both sides would destroy everything - if a war breaks out there won't be a Middle Europe anymore, the Salome prophecy will become true then and the occident will disappear - there would be worldwide fighting then - the Soviet Union won't attack - I don't believe that the Russians will ever attack - this won't happen
6 don't know

8 no response

0 INAP., not asked from part I to III
9 INAP., coded 2 in A-B-criterion

Values Categories N
0 INAP., not asked from part I to III 6178
1 fight off the Russians 171
2 hold up the Russians 146
3 overrun by the Russians and liberated 296
4 overthrown by the Russians 239
5 other answers 21
6 don't know 129
8 no response 33
9 INAP., coded 2 in A-B-criterion 1069

Summary Statistics

Valid cases 8282
Missing cases 0
Minimum 0.0
Maximum 9.0
This variable is numeric


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