Market also asked about the importance of neutrality. The result is clear: Austrians consider this status to be extremely important, and a clear majority (58%) is in favor of maintaining neutrality.
In view of the German government’s current interpretation of neutrality in the war over Ukraine (militarily neutral, but not politically), the survey is very clear.
“The Austrians know that they can rely on the army,” commented Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner (ÖVP) on the study commissioned by her department. However, the war of aggression against Ukraine led to a greater awareness of the importance of an effective military national defense.