People want smaller army

A majority of respondents to a survey published on Sunday said they thought less taxpayers’ money should go to the army, and that salaries to government employees should be cut.

This content was published on November 7, 2010 minutes and agencies

The survey was commissioned by the Swiss Business Federation, economiesuisse, and published in the SonntagsZeitung newspaper.

Sixty per cent of the 1,006 people who took part in the questionnaire said they wanted to see pay cuts for government staff, while 59 per cent would prefer less money spent on taking care of asylum seekers.

More than half said the military should be forced to tighten its belt, even though the defence minister, Ueli Maurer, has been calling for an increase to his budget.

In most other categories included in the survey, including road works, public transport, culture and the environment, respondents want to see the budgets remain the same.

A majority said more money should be invested in education and are opposed to cuts to the state pension plan.

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