Next Austrian legislative election

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Next Austrian legislative election

← 2017 On or before 6 November 2022

All 183 seats in the National Council
92 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls

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Leader Sebastian Kurz Christian Kern Heinz-Christian Strache
Party ÖVP SPÖ FPÖ
Leader since 15 May 2017 25 June 2016 23 April 2005
Leader's seat Federal election list Federal election list Federal election list
Last election 62 seats, 31.5% 52 seats, 26.9% 51 seats, 26.0%

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Leader Beate Meinl-Reisinger Maria Stern
Party NEOS PILZ
Leader since 23 June 2018 20 August 2018
Leader's seat Federal election list Federal election list
Last election 10 seats, 5.3% 8 seats, 4.4%

Incumbent Chancellor

Sebastian Kurz
ÖVP



The next Austrian legislative election will be held no later than 6 November 2022, and will elect the 27th National Council.

Background

The 2017 legislative election was called four years into a grand coalition between the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) and Austrian People's Party (ÖVP), prompted by the demand of newly elected ÖVP leader Sebastian Kurz for a snap election.[1] Though the SPÖ won 52 seats, as it did in the 2013 election, the ÖVP and FPÖ made large gains, increasing by 15 seats to 62 and 11 seats to 51, respectively, making the prior the largest party at the federal level. NEOS gained a single seat, the Peter Pilz List entered the National Council with 8 seats, and the Greens fell short of the 4% threshold and lost all 24 seats.[2] Following the election, President Alexander Van der Bellen asked Kurz to form the next government, and the ÖVP initiated exploratory talks with the other parties in the National Council.[3] The ÖVP officially started coalition negotiations with the FPÖ on 25 October, agreeing on a five-point roadmap.[4] Negotiations drew towards a close in late November,[5] and the parties announced a coalition agreement on 15 December,[6] with the coalition government led by Kurz sworn in on 18 December.[7]

On 4 November 2017, Peter Pilz announced that he would not take his seat after accusations of sexual harassment.[8] On 11 June 2018, Pilz returned to the National Council and was sworn in after accusations of sexual harassment were dropped by the state prosecution. His return was made possible by the resignation of another member of the National Council, Peter Kolba, who stepped down after significant disputes within the List Pilz. The swearing-in ceremony of Pilz was met with heavy resistance, because almost all female representatives walked out of the parliament room as he was about to be sworn in.[9]

On 7 May 2018, Matthias Strolz announced that he will step down as leader of NEOS and hand over the party leadership in June, citing personal reasons and a successful period for the party since creation in 2012 with steady electoral gains during his term.[10] On 23 June 2018, party delegates elected Beate Meinl-Reisinger as the new leader of NEOS during a meeting in Vienna.[11]

Electoral system

The 183 members of the National Council are elected by open list proportional representation at the level of one federal constituency consisting of all of Austria, 9 state constituencies, and 39 regional constituencies. The number of seats elected by each constituency is determined in accordance with the results of the most recent census. Seats are allocated in a three-stage process, from regional constituencies to state constituencies to the federal constituency. For parties to receive seats in the National Council, they must either win a seat in at least one constituency or clear a 4 percent national electoral threshold.[12] Seats are distributed according to the Hare method in the first two stages, at the level of regional and state constituencies,[13] with the remaining constituencies allocated using the D'Hondt method at the federal level to ensure proportionality with the election result.[14]

In addition to voting for a national party list, voters have the option of casting three preferential votes capable of changing the order of precedence for candidates on a party list: one each at the federal, state, and regional level. The threshold to increase the position of a candidate on a federal party list is 7 percent, compared to 10 percent at the state level and 14 percent at the regional level. Preferential votes for candidates on regional party lists may be indicated by marking the given spot on the ballot, whereas the name or ranking number must be provided for preferential votes for party list candidates on the state and federal level.[15]

Date

Per Article 26 and 27 of the Federal Constitutional Law, the National Council must be convened by the President no later than 30 days after the most recent election. The standard duration of the legislative period of the National Council is five years, by the end of which it must be renewed through an election on a Sunday or a public holiday.[16][17] Because the inaugural meeting of the 26th National Council will take place on 9 November 2017, as determined by President Alexander Van der Bellen, the latest date on which the next legislative election can be held is 6 November 2022.[18]

Parties

The table below lists parties represented in the 26th National Council.

Name Ideology Leader 2017 result
Votes (%) Seats
ÖVP Austrian People's Party
Österreichische Volkspartei
Christian democracy Sebastian Kurz 31.5%
62 / 183
SPÖ Social Democratic Party of Austria
Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs
Social democracy Christian Kern 26.9%
52 / 183
FPÖ Freedom Party of Austria
Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs
Right-wing populism Heinz-Christian Strache 26.0%
51 / 183
NEOS NEOS – The New Austria and Liberal Forum
NEOS – Das Neue Österreich und Liberales Forum
Liberalism Matthias Strolz 5.3%
10 / 183
PILZ Peter Pilz List
Liste Peter Pilz
Left-wing populism Peter Pilz 4.4%
8 / 183

Opinion polls

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Polling firm Fieldwork date Sample
size
ÖVP SPÖ FPÖ NEOS PILZ Grüne Others Lead
Unique Research Aug 2018 800 34 29 23 5 2 4 3 5
Research Affairs 2–8 Aug 2018 1,002 33 27 24 7 2 3 4 6
Research Affairs 19–25 Jul 2018 1,001 33 27 24 6 2 4 4 6
Unique Research 9–13 Jul 2018 800 34 29 24 5 2 4 2 5
Research Affairs 5–11 Jul 2018 1,008 33 26 24 7 2 5 3 7
Spectra 6–29 Jun 2018 709 34 26 28 4 4 3 1 6
OGM 26–28 Jun 2018 806 33 28 25 6 2 5 1 5
Research Affairs 21–27 Jun 2018 1,004 33 26 25 6 2 5 3 7
Unique Research 18–21 Jun 2018 800 33 27 25 7 3 4 1 6
Market 12–15 Jun 2018 800 34 26 25 7 2 5 1 8
Research Affairs 7–13 Jun 2018 1,004 33 26 25 5 2 5 4 7
Peter Hajek 4–11 Jun 2018 700 34 26 25 8 1 4 2 8
Unique Research 4–6 Jun 2018 800 33 27 25 8 1 4 2 6
Spectra 9 May–5 Jun 2018 732 33 27 28 4 4 3 1 6
Research Affairs 24–30 May 2018 1,003 32 26 24 5 3 5 5 6
Unique Research 22–25 May 2018 800 32 25 25 7 4 6 1 7
Research Affairs 10–16 May 2018 1,008 32 27 23 6 3 5 4 5
IMAS 18 Apr–9 May 2018 1,007 33 28 26 5 2 5 2 5
Research Affairs 26 Apr–2 May 2018 1,005 32 28 24 7 2 4 3 4
Spectra 9–30 Apr 2018 738 34 28 27 5 4 1 1 6
Peter Hajek 19–25 Apr 2018 700 33 26 26 8 2 4 1 7
Research Affairs 12–18 Apr 2018 1,004 32 27 24 7 2 5 3 5
Unique Research 8–13 Apr 2018 500 33 27 24 6 2 6 2 6
Research Affairs 29 Mar–4 Apr 2018 1,008 32 28 23 7 3 4 3 4
Market 26–29 Mar 2018 811 32 28 25 8 2 4 1 4
Spectra 6–26 Mar 2018 717 31 27 29 4 6 2 1 2
Unique Research 19–22 Mar 2018 800 32 30 23 8 2 4 1 2
OGM 19–21 Mar 2018 519 32 28 24 7 3 5 1 4
Research Affairs 14–21 Mar 2018 1,008 32 28 22 6 3 5 4 4
IMAS 14 Feb–18 Mar 2018 2,073 32 28 25 7 2 3 3 4
Unique Research 12–15 Mar 2018 500 31 28 25 7 3 6 0 3
Market 6–8 Mar 2018 807 33 29 24 8 2 3 1 4
Research Affairs 1–7 Mar 2018 1,048 32 27 24 6 3 4 4 5
Research Affairs 15–21 Feb 2018 1,010 31 26 24 7 3 5 4 5
Peter Hajek 12–20 Feb 2018 726 34 25 25 7 2 5 2 9
Spectra 25 Jan–19 Feb 2018 709 33 28 26 5 6 2 0 5
Unique Research 11–16 Feb 2018 500 33 26 26 7 2 5 1 7
Research Affairs 1–8 Feb 2018 1,001 31 26 25 6 3 5 4 5
Research Affairs 18–24 Jan 2018 997 31 27 26 6 3 4 3 4
Unique Research 15–19 Jan 2018 500 34 27 25 6 3 4 1 7
Research Affairs 4–10 Jan 2018 1,020 31 27 27 6 2 4 3 4
Peter Hajek 18–21 Dec 2017 700 31 28 26 6 2 5 2 3
Market 18–20 Dec 2017 800 33 27 26 6 2 4 2 6
Research Affairs 18–20 Dec 2017 600 32 26 28 6 2 3 3 4
Unique Research 11–15 Dec 2017 500 31 27 26 8 3 3 2 4
Market 1–6 Dec 2017 814 32 26 26 6 3 5 2 6
Research Affairs 4–6 Dec 2017 600 32 27 28 5 2 3 3 4
Research Affairs 21–23 Nov 2017 600 32 27 27 4 2 4 4 5
Unique Research 13–17 Nov 2017 500 32 28 24 6 2 6 2 4
Research Affairs 7–9 Nov 2017 600 33 27 27 4 2 5 2 6
Market 6–9 Nov 2017 1,030 31 28 26 5 4 4 2 3
Research Affairs 18–20 Oct 2017 600 33 28 27 4 4 3 1 5
Christina Matzka 16–17 Oct 2017 500 29.9 26.9 25.9 5.9 5.0 4.8 1.6 3.0
2017 legislative election 15 Oct 2017 31.5 26.9 26.0 5.3 4.4 3.8 2.2 4.6

Preferred Chancellor

Polling firm Fieldwork date Sample
size
Kurz
ÖVP
Kern
SPÖ
Strache
FPÖ
Strolz/
Meinl-Reisinger
NEOS
Other/
None
Unique Research Aug 2018 800 32 23 13 3 29
Research Affairs 2–8 Aug 2018 1,002 39 31 19 11
Unique Research 9–13 Jul 2018 800 36 22 12 2 28
Research Affairs 5–11 Jul 2018 1,008 38 30 19 13
Spectra 9 Apr–29 Jun 2018 2,179 30 20 17 4 28
OGM 26–28 Jun 2018 806 39 29 19 3 10
Research Affairs 21–27 Jun 2018 1,004 38 29 20 13
Unique Research 18–21 Jun 2018 800 34 19 12 6 29
Market 12–15 Jun 2018 800 44 27 8 2 19
Research Affairs 7–13 Jun 2018 1,004 38 29 21 12
Peter Hajek 4–11 Jun 2018 700 33 23 15 ? ?
Unique Research 4–6 Jun 2018 800 35 23 15 5 22
Research Affairs 24–30 May 2018 1,003 37 29 20 14
Unique Research 22–25 May 2018 800 34 20 14 ? ?
Research Affairs 10–16 May 2018 1,008 37 30 20 13
Research Affairs 26 Apr–2 May 2018 1,005 37 30 21 12
Peter Hajek 19–25 Apr 2018 700 34 21 16 5 24
Research Affairs 12–18 Apr 2018 1,004 36 29 21 14
Unique Research 8–13 Apr 2018 500 35 25 13 ? ?
Research Affairs 29 Mar–4 Apr 2018 1,008 36 29 21 14
Market 26–29 Mar 2018 811 38 26 10 4 22
Spectra 25 Jan–26 Mar 2018 1,426 31 22 18 29
Unique Research 19–22 Mar 2018 800 36 26 13 3 22
Research Affairs 14–21 Mar 2018 1,008 36 29 20 15
Unique Research 12–15 Mar 2018 500 37 29 11 ? ?
Market 6–8 Mar 2018 807 37 30 11 6 16
Research Affairs 1–7 Mar 2018 1,048 36 28 21 15
Research Affairs 15–21 Feb 2018 1,010 35 27 21 17
Peter Hajek 12–20 Feb 2018 726 38 22 14 26
Unique Research 11–16 Feb 2018 500 43 21 14 ? ?
Research Affairs 1–8 Feb 2018 1,001 34 27 22 17
Research Affairs 18–24 Jan 2018 997 33 28 23 16
Unique Research 15–19 Jan 2018 500 37 26 14 ? ?
Research Affairs 4–10 Jan 2018 1,020 32 26 24 18
Peter Hajek 18–21 Dec 2017 700 33 25 15 4 23
Market 18–20 Dec 2017 800 39 29 ? ?
Unique Research 11–15 Dec 2017 500 32 26 14 4 24
Market 1–6 Dec 2017 814 34 34 ? ?
Research Affairs 21–23 Nov 2017 600 33 26 25 16
Unique Research 13–17 Nov 2017 500 34 31 15 4 16
Research Affairs 7–9 Nov 2017 600 34 27 25 14
Market 6–9 Nov 2017 1,030 42 32 14 12
Research Affairs 18–20 Oct 2017 600 39 28 17 16
Christina Matzka 16–17 Oct 2017 500 32 30 16 22

Preferred coalition

Polling firm Fieldwork date Sample
size
ÖVPFPÖ ÖVPSPÖ SPÖFPÖ ÖVP Other Don't know/
no answer
Research Affairs 18–20 Oct 2017 600 34 15 21 13 17
Unique Research 16–20 Oct 2017 500 35 17 12 5 10 20
Christina Matzka 16–17 Oct 2017 500 45 20 13 2 20

Notes

References

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External links

  • Comprehensive results of the 2017 legislative election (in German)
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