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New poll on vote to axe Swiss broadcast fee suggests rejection

A poll run by the media group Tamedia shows a clear majority in favour of rejecting the initiative, dubbed “No Billag”, which aims to end Switzerland’s broadcasting fee. This poll follows one done in December 2017, which showed a majority in favour of the initiative.


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In December 57% were either fully or quite in favour of voting yes. This time the same percentage is 40%, with 59% saying they are fully or quite in favour of rejecting it.

There are modest variations across the country. More in the French- (63%) and Italian-speaking (58%) regions favour retaining the current system than those in German-speaking Switzerland (57%).

French and Italian broadcasting is cross-subsidized by German-speakers, so these regions have more to lose.

In the recent poll, women (64% against) appear more against the initiative than men (55% against).

When viewed through a political lens, a majority of Swiss People’s Party (UDC/SVP) supporters (73% for) are in favour of the initiative. Supporters of all other major parties are against it. 82% of Socialists and Greens are against it.

The online poll, run on 15 January 2018, questioned 15,197 people across Switzerland.

Only the real vote on 4 March 2018 will count.

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