Swiss lose faith in politicians

epa07908293 The Swiss Parliament building pictured during sunset, in Bern, Switzerland, 09 October 2019. EPA-EFE/ANTHONY ANEX

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Confidence in politicians to deliver the best solutions has fallen dramatically, according to a survey of nearly 2,500 voters across Switzerland.

The latest edition of the Credit Suisse Worry Barometer, carried by polling institute gfs.bern, shows that 46% of those surveyed believe the government and parliament fail to come up with the best policies when it matters most. The number of people dissatisfied with political leadership has more than doubled in the past two years.

An overwhelming 83% feel that the Federal Council [government] needs to do a better job of fulfilling its leadership role.

A wide range of institutions have lost voter confidence, including the European Union (-20%), employee associations (-20%), political parties (-22%), employers’ associations (-23%), paid newspapers (-23%) and churches (-25%). The police were the only body to gain trust and are considered the nation’s most trusted institution.

Breaking concerns down to individual topics, the top two concerns are pensions (47% of respondents) and healthcare (41%), which stay in the same position as last year. Environmental protection and climate change (29%) rise to fourth place in the worry charts behind foreigners (down to 30% this year compared with 37% in 2018).

 

Via SwissInfo

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