The Coronation of Austria: Part 12

What have we learned from our Austrian Corona Panel survey data since our last update early December 2020?

First, the Austrian population continues to be more skeptical of vaccinations against COVID-19 than the political leadership. According to our latest survey carried out mid December, about one in three of our respondents were willing to be vaccinated, and one in six were ambivalent. More than half, however, were reserved or even decidedly negative. Important reasons for skepticism included the fear of side effects, and the idea that people’s immune systems would successfully fight the infection. It remains to be seen how people’s attitudes develop once vaccinations are rolled out in Austria — most Austrians are still waiting for their vaccines (and vaccination plans) to arrive.

On other news,

support for democracy as the best form of government has remained relatively stable throughout the crisis. Trust in institutions, such as the federal government and also the national parliament, has decreased slightly, with trust in the government having declined more sharply than trust in democracy (see also here). Support for antidemocratic positions, such as the view that we need a strong leader who does not care about the parliament and about elections, has remained consistently low at about 14% (and has, in fact, decreased by 9% since 2017).

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Barbara Prainsack

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