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Perception of basic democratic principles - Participation as driver of satisfaction with system

14.11.2021 | gfs.bern on behalf of Meisser Economics

Satisfaction with the political system, opportunities for co-determination, rules and results is high in Switzerland, much higher than in neighbouring countries. The adoption of aspects of Swiss democracy is supported for the most part by neighbouring countries.

Satisfaction with the political system, opportunities for co-determination, rules and results is high in Switzerland. It is clearly higher in Switzerland than in neighbouring countries. The majority of neighbouring countries support the adoption of Swiss democratic aspects.  If the European Union were to adapt the Swiss democratic instruments, a (slight) majority of the Swiss population would consider joining the EEA or further developing the Bilateral Agreements.

The results are based on a representative survey of residents in Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria and Italy (approx. 1,000 per country). The survey was carried out between 14 – 24 September 2021 with online interviews.

The complete results of the study can be found in the final report (in German).


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Urs Bieri

Urs Bieri

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