Fear of fake news – A quarter fear a blackout in Austria this year

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According to a new survey, a quarter of people in Austria expect a blackout this year, a prolonged power failure. Overall, 63 percent see this as a realistic scenario. Also, 54 percent indicate that precautions have already been taken in their household. But not even half would provide neighborhood help in an emergency. 68 percent of those surveyed find a lot of fake news in this context.

The opinion research institute Ipsos for the insurance company Helvetia gauged how the population is preparing and how great the fear is associated with the crisis scenario.

35 percent believe a blackout could occur over the course of the next 12 months, and within the next three years, nearly half – 14 percent “very” and 35 percent “fairly likely” – expect a prolonged blackout. At 30 percent, almost a third of the population is afraid of it. 40 percent have little or no anxiety.

An increase in crime, such as looting (24 percent), no heating (18 percent), food shortages (13 percent) and no means of communication (12 percent) are the biggest concerns.

68 percent locate fake news
Almost two-thirds also feel sufficiently informed: 14 percent ‘very good’, 47 percent ‘fairly good’. Only two percent feel ‘not informed at all’. Eight out of ten respondents find the electricity crisis dangerous, almost a third even very. Only seven percent rate a blackout as relatively or very harmless. But 70 percent also see ‘hype’ and extortionate profits. 68 percent find a lot of fake news in this context.

54 percent indicate that precautions have already been taken in their household. Food (60 percent), water (37 percent), and gas stoves or grills (22 percent) were spontaneously mentioned. In demand, replacement lighting came in first (70 percent), followed by food and beverage supplies (67 percent) and toiletries (60 percent).

Slightly less than half would provide neighborhood assistance
Four in ten respondents said their food supply would last up to a week, only three percent think the supply would only last a day. 41 percent would “very likely” and 44 percent “quite likely” provide neighborhood help.

Source: Krone

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