Perception of democracy and conspiracies in Austria
Over the past few years, the European Union has coped with far-reaching political, economic and social changes and a string of successive and sometimes overlapping crises. The financial and economic crisis, refugee and migration flows and the Covid-19 pandemic all underscore both the extent to which our world is interconnected and the vulnerabilities of modern societies. Globalization, digitalization and an all-encompassing information age are indeed providing an unending challenge to all.
GLOBSEC’s report, Voices of Central and Eastern Europe: Perceptions of democracy & governance in 10 EU countries, provides unique insight into public satisfaction with the functioning of democracy and governance in ten Central and Eastern European countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
This country report focuses specifically on Austria. As the Austrian partner within the project, the Austrian Society for European Politics (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Europapolitik / ÖGfE) helped to analyse Austrian specific results and has compiled the present country report that focuses on public opinion in the alpine country.
The key findings of this report are:
- There is a considerable support for liberal democratic system but sobering view on everyday politics.
- Austrians see the domestic media landscape as largely free but trust is still only modes.
- Migration and Islam remain controversial issues in the societal and value discourse.
- There is an ambivalent relationship with the European Union.
- Misinformation and conspiracy theories resonate within certain groups of society – especially among those who are dissatisfied with how democracy works in Austria.
Read more in the fact-sheets and reports below (both in English and German).
For more information about Austria, please visit ÖGfE's website.