Survey shows low vaccination readiness in Austria

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Only just under every fifth person in Austria wants to be vaccinated against Covid-19 anyway. This is shown by the current “Austria Trend” by pollster Peter Hajek for APA and ATV.

According to the survey, 17 percent would “definitely” go for vaccination, 29 percent “definitely not”. The work of the government continues to be rated extremely positively. In the Sunday poll, the ÖVP continues to be clearly ahead, with excellent scores for Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

In the question on willingness to vaccinate, a gradation between 0 (“definitely not”) and 10 (“definitely not”) was possible. Here, 29 percent stated that they would definitely not be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Only 17 percent want to be vaccinated “for sure” – especially ÖVP voters (24 percent) and over 60-year-olds (29 percent). Another 13 percent put their willingness to be vaccinated at 8 or 9. A similar scale is also used to survey willingness to participate in elections. Hajek therefore assumes that “from today’s perspective” about 30 percent of the population can be mobilized for the Corona vaccination.

However, a vaccination rate of at least 50 percent would be necessary, as Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) had already said at the end of November. A vaccination obligation reject according to the inquiry however 83 per cent. Only 14 percent would be in favor. The rest did not give any indication.

The population is divided in its assessment of the anti-Corona measures that have been in force since December 7: Slightly more than a third (37 percent) think they are just right, another third (33 percent) think they are too lax and a good fifth (22 percent) think they are too harsh. It is striking that supporters of the SPÖ and NEOS are more likely to warm to tougher measures than voters of the governing parties. The majority of FPÖ voters already think the measures go too far.

The assessment of the government’s work is no longer as enthusiastic as in the first half of the year, when 76 percent were satisfied with the government. However, with 55 percent approval, the Turkish-Green coalition is still doing better than all of its predecessors since the survey began in 2009. 42 percent are less satisfied or not satisfied at all.

In the Sunday poll, the ÖVP is still clearly ahead with 39 percent. The SPÖ currently has 22 percent, the FPÖ 16, the Greens 13 and the NEOS nine percent. After the ÖVP and the Greens had soared in April, the parties’ ratings have thus returned to their pre-crisis levels. The only party to improve is the SPÖ, which is now stable at over 20 percent.

The ÖVP is also supported by the excellent personality values of party leader Sebastian Kurz. In the fictitious “chancellor question”, the incumbent is far ahead of the other party leaders with 53 percent: SP leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner comes in at 18 percent, FP chairman Norbert Hofer at 14, Green leader Werner Kogler at nine and NEOS leader Beate Meinl-Reisinger at six percent. “Sebastian Kurz is the life insurance for the party,” emphasizes pollster Peter Hajek.

It is striking, however, that voters of the governing parties also view “their” parties much more critically than they did in April. At that time, 32 percent of ÖVP supporters rated the party’s work as “very good,” while the current figure is 16 percent. And for the Greens, the share fell from 17 to seven percent. Satisfaction with the functioning of Austrian democracy is high, however, despite the Corona crisis: 63 percent are “very” or “rather satisfied.”

The “Austria Trend” surveys the political mood of the population every two months. With around 800 respondents, the maximum fluctuation range is plus/minus 3.4 percent. The results are also presented on Sunday evening on “ATV Aktuell.”

  • hp, Source: ATV Aktuell and k.at. picture: pixabay.com
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