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Vienna: Voting behaviour and motives

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Results SORA/ISA/ORF election day survea

The ORF/SORA/ISA election day survey is based on telephone and online interviews among 2.074 eligible voters conducted between October 7 and 10.

Differences by age and gender

In the 2020 City Council Elections, women voted more often for the Greens and the Social Democrats, while men voted for the Freedom Party above-average.

In terms of age, the Social Democrats and Conservatives did well among older voters – added up they received more than three quarters of the votes from voters of 60 and older.

Voting behavior by occupational status

Among blue collar workers, the Social Democrats is strongest with 37 percent of the vote,  followed by the Freedom Party with 26 percent. The party of former Freedom Party leader HC Strache (Team HC) achieved its strongest result among blue collar workers (19 percent).

Among the much larger group of white-collar workers, the Social Democrats also came out with 37 percent, followed by the Conservatives with 19 percent and the Greens with 18 percent. The Liberals reached their highest result among the self-employed (13 percent), first place in this group won the Conservative Party (30 percent). The majority of public servants voted for the Social Democrats, and this party also achieved an absolute majority among pensioners.

Voting behavior according to perception of quality of life in Vienna

The biggest difference in voting behavior in this election is associated with people’s assessment of the quality of life in Vienna. 74 percent of the elegible voters attest Vienna a very high quality of life - an increase of 10 percentage points compared to 2015. The opposite – that Vienna was run-down and has lost much of its quality of life – is believed by 23 percent.

  • Among those who see a declining quality of life, 28 percent voted for the Freedom Party, 27 percent for the Conservatives and 17 percent for the Social Democrats.
  • Among those who see a continued high quality of life, the Freedom Party reaches last place (2 percent), behind the Social Democrats (48 percent), the Greens (18 percent), the Conservatives (16 percent) and the Liberals (9 percent).

A majority is satisfied with the corona policy of the city government 

16 percent of elegible voters are very satisfied, 44 percent quite satisfied with how the city government is dealing with the Corona pandemic. In contrast, 26 percent express little satisfaction in this regard and 11 percent no satisfaction at all. Satisfaction is particularly high among voters of the Social Democrats (86 percent) and the Greens (91 percent), while it is less pronounced among Liberal voters (48 percent) and Conservative voters (40 percent). The overwhelming majority of Freedom Party voters is little or not at all satisfied with the Corona policy of the Vienna City Government (82 percent).

The corona policy of the federal government receives a lower rating from Vienna's eligible voters: A total of 54 percent are very or rather satisfied.

Corona, jobs and the economy have been the main concerns of voters

The most frequently discussed issue among voters was the corona pandemic: During the election campaign, 46 percent of them discussed it very frequently, followed by the related jobs and the economy (31 percent). Among the party voters, the focus was also on jobs and the economy (for Social Democratic and Conservative voters), education (Liberal voters) and immigration (Freedom Party voters) as well as climate and environmental protection (Green voters). Freedom Party and Green voters discussed the respective topics more often than Corona.

The Corona pandemic and the issue of jobs and the economy are also related to voters' worries and concerns: The most worrying aspect of the Corona pandemic is that the gap between rich and poor is widening (overall 75 percent very or rather worried, but only less than half of the Conservative voters). Concerning their own financial situation, 38% of voters are very or rather worried, among FPÖ voters, this proportion is particularly high (57 percent).

Coalition preferences

According to the voters: Which political parties should be represented in the next city government? 36 percent of all voters would like to see a continuation of the coalition between the Social Democrats and the Greens, 14 percent would like the Social Democrats to form a coalition with the Conservatives and 9 percent would like to see a coalition between the Social Democrats and the Liberals.