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Survey shows Swiss concerned about loss of personal freedoms

National News // May 8, 2020

A new survey shows Swiss people are becoming more concerned about the loss of personal freedoms – which many feel may continue after the current crises has passed. 

Photo by niu niu on Unsplash Survey shows Swiss concerned about loss of personal freedoms

The longer restrictions are in place, the more concerns increase. A similar survey last month showed more optimism that the lockdowns would be coming to an end in the near future.

People are equally concerned about the virus and the economic impact. About 1 in 3 share the fears over health and finance. 

Michael Hermann, head of the Sotomo Research Institute which published the survey, says many people have been sheltered so far from the economic impact due to welfare and business support schemes. They may find themselves in a worse position when the government support begins to wind down. 

On the whole, people believe the time is right to start lifting restrictions – but those in the badly affected canton of Ticino remain more cautious. 


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