For the 50th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) launched a worldwide survey called People on War. The survey was carried out between 1998 and 1999 in 17 countries, of which 12 had recently endured or are still enduring armed conflict. The survey was conducted simultaneously in France, the United Kingdom, the Russian Federation, the USA, and in Switzerland. The aim was to give to civilians and combatants alike the chance to express their views on the many aspects of war, and to share their war experiences.
SIDOS (now FORS) was mandated to archive the qualitative and quantitative data that has been collected in this project. The quantitative data is available now following the usual access procedures; the archiving of the qualitative data has been suspended. Since January 2008, when SIDOS integrated into FORS, the data have been available from the FORS data and research information service.
People on War UK survey 2007
To mark the 30th anniversary of the Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions, the International Committee of the Red Cross repeated in the United Kingdom the 1999 People on War survey conducted in 17 countries. Key questions from the 1999 survey were asked to a representative sample of 1,000 people, to observe changes in British public opinion.