First polls ahead of September votes published


The first polls ahead of a series of votes next month have been published – and it looks set the campaign to end intensive farming in Switzerland will pass – thanks to broad support in urban areas.

The Tamedia survey shows 55% will vote to end the practice – with only 2% undecided, which is very low at this stage of the campaign. 

Some argue a new law is unnecessary as Switzerland already has some if the strictest animal welfare laws in the world. 

Even so, a spokeswoman for the Swiss Farmers Union, which opposes the initiative – says polls often show support at the start of the campaign – but then can fade away.

Voters are clearly uncertain about the issue of withholding tax. It’s a complicated issue which is reflected by the numbers showing 20% still don’t know which way they’ll vote. 

The government wants to abolish the tax as it says it will help Switzerland’s attractiveness to international investors – but left-wing parties are heavily opposed.  

Other issues on the ballot next month relate to pensions – a rise of VAT to finance the system and a change in the retirement age of women. 

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