Austrian presidential election, 1980

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Austrian presidential election, 1980

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  Rudolf Kirchschläger.jpg No image.svg
Nominee Rudolf Kirchschläger Willfried Gredler
Party SPÖ
Home state Upper Austria Tyrol
Popular vote 3,538,748 751,400
Percentage 79.87% 16.96%

President before election

Rudolf Kirchschläger

Elected President

Rudolf Kirchschläger

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Presidential elections were held in Austria on 18 May 1980. Supported by both major parties, the ruling Socialist Party and opposition Austrian People's Party, incumbent president Rudolf Kirchschläger was re-elected with a landslide of 79.9% of the vote.[1] The competing candidates were Willfried Gredler of the Freedom Party of Austria and Norbert Burger of the National Democratic Party, which was later banned.[2]


Candidate Party Votes %
Rudolf Kirchschläger SPÖÖVP 3,538,748 79.87
Willfried Gredler Freedom Party of Austria 751,400 16.96
Norbert Burger National Democratic Party 140,741 3.18
Invalid/blank votes 348,165
Total 4,779,054 100
Registered voters/turnout 5,215,875 91.6
Source: Nohlen & Stöver[3]


  1. ^ Rudolf Kirchschläger AEIOU
  2. ^ Norbert Burger AEIOU
  3. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p222 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7

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