Social research as a means to participate in public decision-making Switzerland

Date of publication: December 1, 1978


Swiss citizens are expected to vote on six to ten weekends per year, of which four are reserved for national topics. Normally several themes are presented jointly as so-called "multi-packs". Abstention from the ballot-box is growing and reaches in some areas 70-80% average participation is 40-50%. This induced the Research Institute of the Swiss Society for applied Social Research and the Center for Political Research at the University of Berne to cooperate in devising representative post-studies on all federal votings. Under the trademark VOX since spring 1977 such analyses - based on samples of 700 and standardised methods - are carried out and given free of charge to government and political authorities. Free access to all results as well as strict neutrality are guaranteed.

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