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.