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SWITZERLAND: RESULTS AND OBSERVATIONS OF THE SURVEY ON HEALTH POLICY AND THE VOTE ON THE COVID-19 LAW ON 28 NOVEMBER 2021.

This survey was conducted over a period of 7 days and includes 27 closed questions, one open question and a commentary.

The survey was launched to gather public opinion following a conference held on 11 November 2021 at the John Knox Centre on “Global Health Policy and Ethical, Spiritual and Societal Issues” with a focus on vaccine policy.

  • It is not intended to be representative of the Swiss population’s opinion on health policy or the vote on 28 November, but rather to question elements of health policy on the basis of respondents’ feedback on the objects of this survey.
  • Some 42 respondents took part in the survey, which was posted on the website and on social networks such as Facebook and Telegram. It was also relayed by religious institutions in Switzerland where possible.
  • There was a strong response from the French-speaking cantons, although the survey was open to other language cantons. Similarly, there was a high level of participation by respondents belonging to religious denominations (58.6%).
  • If a large majority of respondents do not consider themselves to be at risk, can we imagine that the 16.7% who do not wish to comment could be considered as potentially vaccinated?
  • If we can assume that potentially 15% would be likely to have experienced side effects, can we also deduce that almost the same percentage of vaccinated people would not agree to regular vaccination in the long term?
  • While the majority of respondents consider that vaccination does not fully protect against the virus, a significant 14.3% do not know whether it is an effective form of prevention.
  • Overall, it can be noted that the vast majority of respondents (36 out of 42) know how to protect themselves and largely advocated measures such as a healthy lifestyle. Could this high response rate be explained by a culture of integrative medicine widely recognised by the Swiss health system?
  • If a large number of respondents were eligible to vote, could this same number also be against compulsory vaccination, where more than 92% disagreed?
  • Among the respondents, 43.9% of the 58.6% belong to a religious community and confirm that the vaccination policy has been discussed within their community. Regardless of religious affiliation, can we assume that a relatively high number of respondents (71.4%) see spiritual issues in the current health policy?
  • In view of the relatively high and quite similar rate for spiritual and ethical issues, i.e. 85.7% and 83.2% respectively, could we deduce that respondents see a close link between these two aspects that would result from the vaccine policy?
  • In view of the relatively high and quite similar rate of understanding of the economic/social issues related to the health pass, i.e. 90.5% and 88.1% respectively, could a correlation be made with the vaccine policy as well?
  • While a large majority of people (more than two-thirds) express doubts about the effectiveness of the mask and the reliability of the PCR test, an average of almost 10% seems to be unsure about the subject, which is not negligible.
  • If we compare the level of confidence among respondents, we see that 16.2% of the 58.6% who belong to a religious community say they disagree with their community’s position, while almost twice as many (33.3%) express disagreement with the Federal Council’s health policy. What can we think of the number of respondents, i.e. more than 30%, who say they do not have an opinion on the subject?
  • If a large majority of respondents understand the consequences of a YES vote for the Covid-19 law, i.e. 81.1%, a smaller percentage does not seem to know the ins and outs of a NO vote, i.e. 64.3%. The question is whether all the arguments for and against were clearly articulated for full understanding?
  • It is quite clear that a large majority of respondents (over 93%) do not want to give full power to the Federal Council and much less for an austere policy. How can we explain the results of the vote on 28 November 2021?
  • If 61.9% of respondents think that Switzerland did not manage the health crisis well, should we not dig deeper into the subject and poll the population more to confirm or refute these results of our survey?

Final survey results : graphics

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