(Nuclear) Energy in the Credit Suisse Worry Barometer
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(Nuclear) Energy in the Credit Suisse Worry Barometer

The publication „Swiss Compass – A Look at Our Political Future through the Credit Suisse Worry Barometer» is focused on the long-term top worries of the country. In two articles, Armin Eberle and Adèle Thorens Goumaz will discuss the issue of nuclear energy.

The issue of (nuclear) energy has so far not been at the forefront of the worries of the Swiss people. Although it was one of the "top ten" worries in the last decade, it usually ranked among the less important issues. In 2014, for instance, it ranked 7th.

Nonetheless, the importance of the topic has continually increased in the last years. While in 2004 only 2 percent of the respondents were worried about energy issues, this number rose to 19 percent in 2013. Although this percentage has decreased somewhat in 2014, it is too early to call it a turnaround. 

Problem Awareness Trend (1996-2014)

Problem Awareness Trend (1996-2014)

Energie questions / nuclear energy1 (in % of eligible voters)

1Energy questions / nuclear energy (up to 2008) – Energy questios / nuclear energy / security of supply (2009 onwards);
Source: gfs.bern (2014). Credit Suisse Worry Barometer 2014. Final Report

In the following guest articles (see box with link to PDF), Armin Eberle, Managing Director of the Energy Agency of the Swiss Private Sector, and Adèle Thorens Goumaz, co-president of the Swiss Green Party and National Councilor for the canton of Vaud, discuss why the issue of energy has been at the heart of political discussions but not in the public's interest, and what stimuli for politics and the economy can be derived from this.