Swiss referendums, 1976

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Ten referendums were held in Switzerland in 1976.[1] The first two were held on 21 March on popular initiatives "for employees' participation" (with a counter-proposal; both were rejected), and "for taxation reform" (also rejected).[2] The next three were held on 13 June on a federal law on spatial planning (rejected), a CHF 200 million loan to the International Development Association (rejected), and renewing unemployment insurance (approved).[2]

Two referendums were held on 26 September on an amendment to the Swiss Federal Constitution on broadcasting (rejected) and a popular initiative "for liability insurance by the union for motor vehicles and bicycless" (rejected). The final three referendums were held on 5 December on monetary policy (approved), price monitoring (approved) and a popular initiative to introduce a 40-hour working week (rejected).

Results[edit]

March: Employees' participation[edit]

Choice Popular initiative Counterproposal
Popular vote Cantons Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total Votes % Full Half Total
For 472,094 32.4 0 0 0 431,690 29.6 0 0 0
Against 966,140 66.3 19 6 22 974,695 66.9 0 0 0
No answer 19,725 1.4 51,574 3.5
Blank votes 15,198 15,198
Invalid votes 6,248 6,248
Total 1,479,405 100 19 6 22 1,479,405 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 3,750,162 39.4 3,750,162 39.4
Source: Direct Democracy

March: Taxation reform[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 599,053 42.2
Against 819,830 57.8
Blank votes 53,291
Invalid votes 1,911
Total 1,474,085 100
Registered voters/turnout 3,750,162 39.3
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

June: Spatial planning[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 626,134 48.9
Against 654,233 51.1
Blank votes 17,061
Invalid votes 1,237
Total 1,298,665 100
Registered voters/turnout 3,756,474 34.6
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

June: General tariff[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 646,687 48.2
Against 694,252 51.8
Blank votes 26,004
Invalid votes 1,589
Total 1,368,532 100
Registered voters/turnout 3,756,474 34.5
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

June: Unemployment insurance[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 866,211 68.3 18 6 21
Against 402,550 31.7 1 0 1
Blank votes 26,901
Invalid votes 1,312
Total 1,296,974 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 3,756,474 34.5
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

September: Constitutional amendment on broadcasting[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 531,328 43.3 3 1 3.5
Against 696,039 56.7 16 5 18.5
Blank votes 33,027
Invalid votes 1,586
Total 1,261,980 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 3,766,161 33.5
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

September: Liability insurance[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 301,587 24.3 0 0 0
Against 939,713 75.7 19 6 22
Blank votes 20,543
Invalid votes 1,355
Total 1,263,198 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 3,766,161 33.5
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

December: Monetary policy[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 1,108,413 70.3 19 6 22
Against 467,253 29.7 0 0 0
Blank votes 112,847
Invalid votes 2,998
Total 1,691,511 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 3,772,466 44.8
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

December: Price monitoring[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 1,365,788 82.0 19 6 22
Against 299,367 18.0 0 0 0
Blank votes 32,177
Invalid votes 2,286
Total 1,699,618 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 3,772,466 45.1
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

December: 40-hour working week[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 370,228 22.0 0 0 0
Against 1,315,822 78.0 19 6 22
Blank votes 15,309
Invalid votes 2,140
Total 1,703,499 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 3,772,466 45.2
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, pp1923–1924 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p1923