Swiss voters set to back government’s COVID-19 response plan – poll


A poster reading: “Discrimination against people? No to tightening COVID restrictions” is seen before Swiss voters decide on the federal government’s response plan to the pandemic in a binding referendum, near Oberwil-Lieli in Switzerland, November 16, 2021. REUTERS / Arnd Wiegmann

ZURICH, Nov. 17 (Reuters) – Swiss voters appear ready to back the government’s plan to respond to the pandemic in a binding referendum this month, a poll for broadcaster SRG revealed on Wednesday.

The gfs.bern survey found that 61% supported a law passed in March that expanded financial assistance to those affected by the COVID-19 crisis and laid the groundwork for the certificates required by the government to enter bars and restaurants and attend certain events.

It was the same support as in a poll in October. Read more

The survey found that 38% opposition and 1% were undecided before the November 28 referendum under the Swiss system of direct democracy, slightly more opposition than measured in the previous poll, which has a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.

In two more votes that day, the Swiss would back by a two-to-one margin a union-backed proposal to boost nursing, according to the poll.

Voters now had to reject a proposal to select federal judges by lot from a pool of candidates put forward by experts. The government opposes it, which aims to reduce political pressure on the judiciary.

Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Shailesh Kuber

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