The Swiss skeptical about climate plans

The Swiss and opinion leaders are skeptical about the climate plans drawn up by several cities in the country. Proposals to limit the number of cars in cities are also meeting resistance, in particular from the population.

The objectives of climate plans are considered sincere but unrealizable by 45% of the population and 30% of leaders, according to the Sophia study, carried out by the MIS Trend institute on the occasion of the Forum des 100 and published Thursday in Le Temps . A third of leaders and 31% of the population consider them to be electoral operations and unrealistic.

Population and opinion leaders nevertheless agree on the fact that respect for the environment must be the main priority for cities, followed by easier access to housing. However, they differ on the following elements. The population places more fluidity in movement and more safety in third and fourth position, while the leaders mention more soft transport and more places of sharing.

Respondents were also asked about measures related to mobility. Two of them garner a majority from the population as well as from the leaders. Almost three quarters (73%) of these and citizens are very or somewhat in favor of the pedestrianization of city centers. Car-sharing systems convince 75% of leaders and 65% of the population.

Don’t touch my parking lot

The population is much more opposed (72%) than the leaders (54%) to the reduction in the number of parking spaces. It is also more opposed than them to the increase in parking taxes (71%, 48%), to the generalization of 30 km / h zones (56%, 49%), to urban tolls (58%, 49 %) as well as the ban on gasoline or diesel cars by 2030 (60%, 53%). However, free public transport convinces the population (75%) but not the leaders (42%).

As for the city-countryside gap, often mentioned in recent years, 49% of leaders and 44% of the population believe that it will widen in the future.

The Sophia study was conducted on the internet from August 11 to 24, 2021, among 542 French-speaking Swiss, 526 German-speaking and 212 Ticino representative of the population aged 18 and over. In addition, 300 politicians, business leaders, personalities from the economy and culture, as well as scientists took part as opinion leaders.

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