Austria: Exit polls at 18:00
According to exit polls, the Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s centre-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) received 34.5% of the vote, followed by the social-democrat SPO party, the country’s main opposition party, with 23.5%.
Coming in third place was the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), with 17.5%, which was recently rocked by a scandal that involved its leader, Hans Christian Strache, who was caught on video negotiating with a Russian oligarch about media access in the country.
Finishing in fourth place was the Green party with 13.5%. The New Austria and Liberal Forum (NEOS), a centre-right party affiliated with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) received 8%. The Communist Party of Austria (KPÖ) received 1%.
The results showed that Kurz’s centre-right party increased its lead by 7.5 percentage points and the Social-Democrats suffered a marginal loss of 0.6%. Compared to 2014, the results were for the scandal-tainted far-right saw the party lose 2.2% of their support, the Greens fall by 1%, and NEOS 0.1%, compared to the European elections results for 2014.
|National parties||Percentage (%)|
|ÖVP – Österreichische Volkspartei (EPP)||34.50%|
|SPÖ – Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreich (S&D)||23.50%|
|FPÖ – Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs (ENF)||17.50%|
|GRÜNE – Die Grünen – Die Grüne Alternative (Greens/EFA)||13.50%|
|NEOS – NEOS – Das neue Österreich (ALDE)||8.00%|
|JETZT – JETZT – Liste Pilz||2.00%|
|Other parties – Other parties||1.00%|
According to the European Parliament estimates, the EPP secures 7 seats, the S&D 5, the ENF 3, Greens/EFA 2, and ALDE & Renaissance each get 1 seat in the next parliament.