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Not only does the Worry Barom­e­ter pro­vide guid­ance on how pub­lic opin­ion is formed, but also it has been a po­lit­i­cal fix­ture in Switzer­land for more than 40 years. Ev­ery year it shows what peo­ple in Switzer­land are think­ing and feel­ing, and it has likely led to some po­lit­i­cal ad­vances. “The Worry Barom­e­ter,” ac­cord­ing to Fed­eral Coun­cil­lor Ig­nazio Cas­sis, “is an im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal tool for Switzer­land. It shows de­vel­op­ments and re­la­tion­ships over a longer pe­riod, which I prefer over the topi­cal snapshot pro­vided by a one-time sur­vey” (start­ing on page 58).

In­deed, the prin­ci­pal re­sult of this year’s sur­vey can be clas­si­fied only with a longterm view. In two-thirds of the 37 sur­veys con­ducted since 1976, un­em­ploy­ment was the big­gest worry. This year it ranked sixth, with 22 per­cent of re­spon­dents se­lect­ing it as one of Switzer­land’s big­gest problems.

Jobs are con­sid­ered safe. There is nev­er­the­less a great deal still to be done in the sup­posed par­adise of Switzer­land. Ma­jor po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions must be made, and the elec­torate is de­mand­ing solutions for Old Age and Sur­vivors’ In­sur­ance, health in­sur­ance and re­la­tions within Europe. We hope you en­joy read­ing this edi­tion of the Worry Barom­e­ter.

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