A meager 1.2 percent of all unvaccinated Austrians are generally ready to be vaccinated. This was the result of a random survey by the Austrian Corona Panel Project (ACPP) at the University of Vienna. After all, 9 percent of the unvaccinated are hesitant – as not strictly against vaccination. 14.5 percent refuse to be vaccinated (“not ready for vaccination”). But there are clear differences depending on political preferences. For some groups of voters, the proportion of those who refuse to be vaccinated is significantly smaller, for others it is larger.
According to the survey, 24 percent of the FPÖ do not want to be vaccinated. Every fourth liberal voter belongs to the camp of those who refuse to be vaccinated. A nearly as high proportion of people “not ready to be vaccinated” is otherwise only found among non-voters: there it is 23 percent. The proportion of the SPÖ voters (12 percent) is only half as high, and it is half as high for the ÖVP, Greens (both 7 percent) and Neos (6 percent).
Unsurprisingly, this attitude is also reflected in previous vaccination behavior: 78 percent of Neos voters have already been vaccinated, followed by ÖVP (77 percent), SPÖ (73 percent), Greens (72 percent), FPÖ (52 percent), non- Voters (50 percent), the study found.
Basically, the proportion of vaccine skeptics is declining, as the ACPP samples show. While many complain about the low vaccination rate in Austria, it has almost been forgotten how excessive the rejection of the vaccination was in the previous year. In December 2020, 32.7 percent said they were “not ready to be vaccinated”, not even a third (31.8 percent) wanted to be vaccinated, and 35.4 percent were hesitant.
Likewise, the approval for vaccination requirements has increased in the past few months. In October 2021, around 40 percent of those surveyed advocated a general compulsory vaccination (tends to / fully applies); 68 percent are in favor of a job group-specific vaccination requirement in areas where there is a high risk of infection. That is a significant increase compared to the previous year. In December 2020, compulsory vaccination was still in favor of only 21 percent of those surveyed.