The public debate on the pandemic-fueled UDC initiative against bilaterals has so far not generated significant momentum in its favor.
Bilateral agreements are good for Switzerland, according to 49% of those polled. 28% see advantages and disadvantages and only 18% think that they mainly have disadvantages.
The coronavirus crisis has not substantially changed public opinion on European policy, the representative study by the research institute gfs.bern, commissioned by Interpharma, released on Friday, found.
The benefits of bilateral agreements are, however, slightly less highlighted than a year ago. According to the authors of the study, it can be deduced that Swiss voters tend to judge critically the handling of the crisis by the EU. But the favorable appreciation of these agreements continues to prevail.
29% for the UDC initiative
The public debate on the pandemic-fueled UDC initiative against bilaterals has so far not generated significant momentum in its favor. In the spring of 2019, 33% of voters intended to vote in favor of the initiative. Just over a year later, they are only 29%. Conversely, 69% reject the initiative today, an increase of 5% compared to 2019.
Concerning the arguments against the initiative, the fear that it will damage the economy is in the foreground. For about two-thirds of those surveyed, it would be irresponsible to jeopardize access to our main market. They also fear that the initiative will accentuate the shortage of specialized staff.
The institutional agreement continues to gather a stable majority: almost two thirds of voters would approve it at the polls. Ensuring the opening of export markets and well-regulated relations for the Swiss economy is considered crucial in this regard by respondents. In total, 2005 people were interviewed by gfs.bern between April 29 and June 6.