The excitement about the recently published side letter is limited in the Austrian population – this is shown by a survey by the opinion research institute Unique research. According to the results of the survey commissioned by “profil”, only 24 percent of those questioned answered “That upsets me, that’s a very old style of politics”. 27 percent, on the other hand, chose the option “that no longer upsets me, that was always an Austrian bad habit”. 14 percent even showed understanding with the answer “otherwise coalition governments would not work”. 16 percent did not know the side letter, 19 percent abstained from answering.
The answers were also very different depending on the party preference. 44% of ÖVP voters understand the side letters. Among the SPÖ voters it is comparative with ten percent. The greatest outrage can be found among the FPÖ voters, only one percent shows understanding.
And vice versa: The side letters caused outrage among three percent of ÖVP voters – 40 percent for the SPÖ and 36 percent for the FPÖ.
Answers from voters of the Greens and NEOS could not be counted due to the smaller sample.