With two weeks to go until Austrians elect a new national parliament—and amid the ÖVP-Green coalition’s persistent failure to offer any solutions to attenuate the cost-of-living crisis presently gripping working people—the national-conservative Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs (FPÖ) are surging in opinion polls.
The latest survey, carried by the Paul Lazarsfeld Society for Social Research in cooperation with the Market Institute, was published Friday and revealed that support for the ruling Green-Black coalition has dropped to 31%, with the globalist-leaning ÖVP and their junior partner Die Grüne Alternative now polling at 20% and 11%, respectively, the daily newspaper Österreich reports.
Meanwhile, the popularity of the Rightist, anti-globalist FPÖ—the only major party in Austria to oppose the government’s draconian lockdown regime during the COVID-19 pandemic—continues to grow, climbing to 23% according to the latest polling data, placing it as the second most popular party in the country.
Additionally, if the FPÖ can persuade supporters of the anti-lockdown, vaccine-critical MFG Österreich party, which currently is polling at around 4%, to cast their votes for it instead, the conservative party could potentially surpass the leftist-globalist SPÖ as the country’s most popular party.
As The European Conservative previously reported, Austrians in the southwestern state of Tyrol will head to the polls Sunday to elect members of the new Landtag. Ahead of the elections, Markus Abwerzger, the president of the FPÖ in Tyrol, has called for the establishment of a state council to oversee and ensure repatriations of illegal migrants take place.
Abwerzger statements come as 56,000 people have applied for asylum in Austria between January and August of this year, up 195% year over year, and the highest number recorded since the migrant crisis of 2015.