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The 13th AHV pension is the 26th popular initiative to be adopted to date

For the 26th time, the people and the cantons said yes to a popular initiative on Sunday. In terms of the result, the initiative for a 13th AHV pension supported by trade unions and the left is also one of the top ten.

A total of 230 initiatives have been put to the ballot box since 1893 and up to Sunday. The electorate and a majority of the cantons have so far approved 26 of these referendums, eight of them with a majority of over 60 percent in favor.

The popular initiative "For a better life in old age (initiative for a 13th AHV pension)" received around 58% of the vote on Sunday. This is the ninth-best result for a popular initiative.

The largest popular majority in Swiss history was achieved by the popular initiative "For a work-free federal holiday", which was adopted on September 26, 1993 with 83.8 yes votes. Most recently, the care initiative achieved a Yes vote of over 60 percent - it is in seventh place in the overall ranking. 61 percent said yes to it in 2021.

In the last ten years or so, other initiatives have received more than 60% yes votes: in 2013, the rip-off initiative received 68% approval. In 2014, the initiative "Pedophiles should no longer be allowed to work with children" was approved with 64% of the vote.

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