Selected results

14.12.2018

Many contacts with parents and friends

At least one contact per week (% of respondents)

Adult children 84%
Parents 81%
Friends 70%
Siblings 54%
Other family members 38%
In total at least one contact with family or friends per week 94%
Quelle: MOSAiCH 2017
Contacts between parents and children are very common in Switzerland: over 80% of MOSAiCH 2017 respondents say they have more than weekly contact with their parents and adult children ( provided they do not live with them). Over 70% of respondents also have contact with friends at least once a week. Weekly contact with siblings is also common (54% of respondents). Unsurprisingly, contact with other family members is less regular, but still quite frequent (38%). Overall, the vast majority of respondents (97%) have contact with family members they do not live with or with friends at least once a week.

Michael Ochsner, Senior researcher FORS, and International Surveys Team

14.12.2018

Little corruption in Switzerland

Percentage of the population who consider corruption to be low and express confidence in government officials (% of respondents)
  • Practically no or few corrupt politicians
  • Practically no or few corrupt officials
  • Strong or very strong confidence that high officials are doing their best for the country.
The respondents to the MOSAiCH study rate the corruption of politicians and civil servants to be low or non-existent. This perception has increased further in the last ten years. While in 2007 around 55% of respondents considered practically no or only a few politicians to be corrupt, in 2017 the figure was 64%. The same development can be seen in the corruption of civil servants. Confidence that high civil servants are doing the best for the country has also increased, albeit to a much lesser extent. The percentage of people who strongly or very strongly agree that one can rely on most high-level officials doing the best for the country rises only from 53% to 56% and remains statistically insignificant.

Michael Ochsner, Senior researcher FORS, and International Surveys Team

14.12.2018

Against EU membership, but for the bilateral treaties

Approval of EU accession, bilateral agreements and mass immigration initiatives (% of respondents)
  • For EU accession
  • Rather for bilateral treaties than immigration restrictions
  • Would vote today for mass immigration initiative
EU membership is currently not an option for the Swiss population. The proportion of respondents who are in favour of joining the EU has fallen steadily in recent years. While in 2007 around 40% of respondents were still in favour of joining the EU, in 2017 only 15% are still in favour of joining the EU. At the same time, however, bilateral treaties are enjoying great and increasing popularity. This is particularly relevant in the context of the discussion on the implementation of the mass immigration initiative, as it is incompatible with the bilateral treaties. Before deciding whether immigration should be limited or whether the bilateral agreements should be adhered to, around two thirds (67%) would have opted for the bilateral treaties in 2017. This is a slight increase compared to 2015. The discussions on the implementation of the mass immigration initiative and the bilateral treaties with the EU seem to have influenced the respondents: For example, if the mass immigration initiative were voted on again today, only 36% of respondents would still vote in favour of the mass immigration initiative, while in 2015 43% of respondents would still have put a “yes” in the ballot box. It should be noted that this question could be answered by everyone, not just the citizens with right to vote.

Michael Ochsner, Senior researcher FORS, and International Surveys Team

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