Government in the low – only Zadic and Kocher not in the loss of confidence


Domestic politics is not doing well in the current public confidence polls. As the current APA/OGM confidence index shows, only Justice Minister Alma Zadic (Greens) and Economic Affairs Minister Martin Kocher (ÖVP) are positive. But also on the side of the opposition, with the exception of the second president of the National Council, Doris Bures (SPÖ), all representatives are in the red. At the top of the trust ranking is the Federal President.

A balance of plus 27 was calculated for Alexander Van der Bellen. 63 percent of the respondents trust him, 36 percent do not. This is a small minus of five points compared to the last research. Zadic is in second place with plus eleven, followed by Kocher with plus nine and Bures with plus seven.

Sobotka now brings out the back
All other polled politicians are in the minus range. Of the party leaders, NEOS chairman Beate Meinl-Reisinger still comes out best with a minus eight. Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) is minus eleven, which means that the ÖVP boss can be found just ahead of SPÖ chairman Pamela Rendi-Wagner (minus 13).

FPÖ chairman Herbert Kickl has improved by seven points, but still has a negative value of 53. However, he is no longer at the bottom. The chairman of the National Council, Wolfgang Sobotka (ÖVP) takes this position at minus 59.

Below the limit of perception
The most unpopular government members are ex aequo Education Minister Martin Polaschek (ÖVP) and Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler (Greens), each with minus 30. The extremely low awareness of several new government members is striking. Only 23 percent have an opinion about Agriculture Minister Norbert Totschnig (ÖVP) and only 19 and 15 percent about Secretaries of State Florian Tursky and Susanne Kraus-Winkler (both ÖVP).

Confidence at a new low
OGM boss Wolfgang Bachmayer says of the results that public trust in Austria’s leading politicians is like a roller coaster on an uncontrolled fall.

Shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic and the first lockdown, confidence rose to the highest level since the start of the confidence index 20 years ago. Two years later – in March 2022 – it had fallen to its lowest value since measurements began. This free fall has continued ever since.

Source: Krone


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