Kurz loses approval on the Chancellor question

If the head of government could be chosen directly, 47 percent would currently choose the incumbent Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP). According to the current “Austria Trend” by pollster Peter Hajek for APA and ATV, Kurz is confronted with a falling value on the chancellor question, but is still well ahead of the competition. Behind him follows SPÖ leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner with 24 percent, Vice Chancellor and Green leader Werner Kogler only achieved six percent.

The “Austria Trend” regularly surveys the political mood of the population. With around 800 respondents (by phone and online, March 8th to 11th), the maximum fluctuation range is plus / minus 3.5 percent.

The chancellor question brought Sebastian Kurz 62 percent in April 2020, last December he came to 53 percent, now it is 47 percent. Kurz is now back at his level before Corona in January 2020. SPÖ boss Rendi-Wagner apparently scores with her medical expertise and was able to improve during the pandemic, from 14 percent in January 2020 to 24 percent. FPÖ boss Norbert Hofer currently comes to 15 percent, NEOS boss Beate Meinl-Reisinger to eight percent. The incumbent Vice Chancellor Kogler is in last place with only six percent.

In a direct comparison between Kurz and Rendi-Wagner, the SPÖ leader was given more expertise in the areas of education (51 percent) and climate change (43 percent) than the Chancellor (education: 42 percent, climate change: 36 percent). In short, the respondents believe that economic reconstruction is more likely (51 percent, at Rendi-Wagner 35 percent). According to Hajek, the detailed data of the party voters are striking: Both party leaders are currently largely limited to their own electorate. According to Hajek, the blue voters are much more critical of Kurz than they are of Rendi-Wagner.

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