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Swiss People’s Party Extends Lead as Elections Near, Poll Shows

October 12, 2011

Oct. 12 (Bloomberg) -- The Swiss People’s Party is likely to gain the most votes in this month’s general elections, followed by the Social Democrats, the Gfs.Bern polling institute reported, citing a survey.

The People’s Party may win 29.3 percent of the vote, while the Social Democrats would get 19.9 percent, the Bern-based institute said in an e-mailed statement today, citing a telephone survey among 2,007 participants conducted Oct. 1 to Oct. 8. Some 15.2 percent of voters would back the Free Democrats, with the Christian Democrats winning 14.2 percent.

All four parties are members of the governing coalition. The margin of error was 2.2 percentage points, Gfs.Bern said.

The SVP gained 1.3 percentage points since the institute’s last survey published Sept. 9. Swiss voters will cast their ballots on Oct. 23.

--Editor: Matthias Wabl

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