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The Demographics of the Austrian Presidential Election

As most readers will be aware by now, the count in yesterday’s run-off election for president in Austria was finalized today. Norbert Hofer (FPÖ, Austrian Freedom Party) has conceded to the Green candidate, Alexander van der Bellen, who eked out a narrow victory thanks to the absentee ballots (postal votes).

Nash Montana has summarized an article from FAZ about the election:

It is clear to see that women swung it for the Leftists in the Austrian election.

The case has been made that women are playing a disproportionate role in the immigration catastrophe engulfing Europe; that they are more xenophilic than men; more emotional and indulgent; overrepresented in the ranks of “migrant” charities and help-groups and the like.

On the evidence of the recent close election in Austria, there may be truth to this. This graphic from the FAZ shows a breakdown of the ballots cast on election day. So it does not include the voting cards, which are mainly cast as postal ballots.

In this graphic, the male voters are shown in blue, the female votes in red. The more intense the shade, the younger the voter group. As you can see, men mainly went for Hofer, the Freedom Party candidate; women, especially young women, mainly went for Van der Bellen, the Leftist.

Income status also played a major role on the election. Working class people (shown in the leftmost column) went overwhelmingly for the far-right patriotic candidate with a whopping 86%. Whereas with public and government workers Hofer garnered more votes. Graduates and black coat workers voted for Van der Bellen, those with finished workers apprenticeships, blue collar workers, voted for Hofer with 67%. This is a pattern we are seeing elsewhere in Europe as working class people realize that the Socialist parties have abandoned them and embraced the invading horde.

As to content of the individual candidates platforms: 68% of Hofer voters reported that their candidate “understands the problems of people like us”. Further reasons were sympathy for Hofer (67%) and his believability (62%). The most-named position for Van der Bellen voters was his foreign policy (66%). It was also important that he apparently had great understanding of his position.

Cities voted differently from the rural population. In most cities Van der Bellen did a lot better than Hofer. The best result came out of Graz at 61.99%; Vienna at 61.16% and Linz at 60.54% were also still over the 60% mark. Van der Bellen also won over three provincial capitals: Salzburg, St. Pölten und Klagenfurt. Hofer only won Eisenstadt. But Hofer also had the most decisive result ever in one municipality: he won Spiss in Tirol with 87.5% of the votes.