A recently published survey shows only 38% of Swiss were happy with the country’s politics in 2018.
The online survey by Vimentis, shows a small improvement on 2017 when the same figure was 36%.
Results varied significantly by political party membership. In 2018, most members (60%) of the PLR (FDP) were satisfied, compared to members of the Ticino based party Lega, the most unhappy group, among whom 72% were unhappy.
The five areas concerning the most people were asylum (13%), health (12%), EU relations (9%), social security and pensions (8%) and immigration (7%).
59% supported Switzerland’s bilateral agreements, a package of agreements with the EU. However, 64% said they didn’t want the Swiss government to yield to EU pressure to weaken measures introduced in 2004 aimed at preventing foreign workers undercutting Swiss wages and salaries.
In addition, 41% didn’t want to risk the EU bilateral agreements by ending free movement of people, while 37% did and 22% were undecided.
Primary concerns varied by political party. The key concern of UDC (SVP) members was asylum (26%), while for the Green party it was climate change (15%).
Vimentis was created in 2003 by students of the University of St. Gallen with the aim of improving political decisions.