If the Swiss were vote today, 71 percent of respondents would accept the initiative advocating the ban on wearing the burka, among which 55 percent fully approved of the initiative, and 16 percent who were on the whole in favor.
The survey noted very few differences between men and women, or between linguistic regions.
A divergence is more likely to occur between the political parties. For example, 96 percent of those who vote for the right-wing Swiss People’s Party supported a ban on the burka, while only 33 percent of Green party voters approved the ban.
“Switzerland is, by tradition, a country of liberty. Human beings, free men and women, look at each other’s uncovered faces when speaking,” announced the SVP committee in a statement to launch the ban.
The opinion poll was passed on to Swiss Cantonal Ministers, which are in favor of the burka ban. Some ministers have proposed changing the constitution to enable the ban.