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Austria European Parliament election, 2009
17 seats to the European Parliament
4 June 2009

The European Parliament election of 2009 in Austria was the election of the delegation from Austria to the European Parliament in 2009. Austria will have 17 seats in the European Parliament, instead of 18 that the country had before the re-allocation of seats.

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Results

e • d  Summary of the 7 June 2009 European Parliament election results for Austria
Parties Political group Votes +/− % +/− Seats +/−
Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) EPP 858,921 +41,205 29.98 −2.7 6 0
Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) PES 680,041 −153,476 23.74 −9.6 4 −3
List Dr. Martin - For Democracy, Control, Justice (MARTIN) NI 506,092 +156,396 17.67 +3.7 3 +1
Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) NI 364,207 +206,485 12.71 +6.4 2 +1
The Greens – The Green Alternative (GRÜNE) EGP 284,505 −37,924 9.93 −3.0 2 0
Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ) 131,261 * 4.58 * *
Young Liberals Austria (JuLis) 20,668 * 0.71 * *
Communist Party of Austria (KPÖ) 18,926 −604 0.65 −0.1 0
Total (turnout 45.97%; +3.6%) 2,925,132 100.0 17 −1
Notes:
*  Did not contest the 2004 election.
Source: Austrian Ministry of Interior

The parties

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SPÖ

The SPÖ announced that their frontrunner will be current MEP Hannes Swoboda.

ÖVP

The ÖVP surprisingly selected former Interior Minister Ernst Strasser to lead their party. 2004 frontrunner and MEP Othmar Karas, initially the favourite for the first place on the ÖVP party list, was listed in second place. Nonetheless, a large number of famous ÖVP members, including all living former ÖVP chairmen, launched a supporting committee for Karas.[1]

FPÖ

Andreas Mölzer was selected to lead the FPÖ's lists again, and Heinz-Christian Strache claimed that up to 30% were possible; Mölzer stated that he wanted to reach 17.5% again, as in the 2008 elections.[2]

Die Grünen

At the Greens' party congress on 17–18 January 2009, long-time MEP Johannes Voggenhuber was not selected for the first place on the party list, with Ulrike Lunacek being elected instead; Voggenhuber had announced he would not stand in any other place on the list and thus will withdraw from politics after the election.[3] However, in the days after the decision, it was not ruled out that Voggenhuber might run on his own;[4] he later emphatically stated he would not do that.[5] It was announced in late January that he might stand in the 16th place on the list, making it possible for him to be ranked first in preferences with more than 7% of the Greens' votes in the election. The party leadership rejected this possibility in a meeting on 30 January 2009, angering many of the Greens' supporters.[6] Cyriak Schwaighofer, the Greens' leader in Salzburg, then stated he would do what he could to get Voggenhuber on the list as a regional MEP candidate for Salzburg, but the Greens' leadership again rejected this idea.[7]

BZÖ

The BZÖ picked Ewald Stadler to head their list;[8] they did not want to run together with the Libertas Party, but stated that they were interested in cooperation after the election.[9]

Hans-Peter Matin

MEP Hans-Peter Martin, who got 14% of the vote in the 2004 elections as an Independent, announced on 27 April that he would run again, stating he was sure he would defend his strong third-place showing in the 2004 elections.[10][11]

Young Liberals

Liberal Forum MEP Karin Resetarits gave the Young Liberals (a sub-organisation of the LIF, both its youth party and its student organisation[12]) the possibility to contest the election.[13] It later emerged that the LIF would in fact have liked to contest the election, but that it had counted on Resetarits' signature in order to contest the election; as she had given it to the Young Liberals, they could stand in the election while the LIF could not.[14]

KPÖ

The Communist Party of Austria announced on March 7 that it will participate in the elections under the list name "Communist Party of Austria – European Left".[15]

Opinion Polls

Source Date SPÖ ÖVP MARTIN GRÜNE FPÖ BZÖ Others Undecided
Gallup/Österreich 2009-06-02 27-29% 27-29% 12-14% 8-10% 14-16% 4-6% - -
Market/Standard 2009-06-01 28% 27% 15% 8% 17% 4% 1% -
Karmasin/Profil 2009-05-28 27% 28% 13% 10% 15% 5% 2% -
OGM/News 2009-05-27 26% 30% 14% 8% 16% 5% 1% -
IFES/Heute 2009-05-25 27% 29% 10% 11% 16% 5% 2% -
OGM/ORF 2009-05-24 29% 30% 11% 9% 14% 5% 2% -
Market/Standard 2009-05-22 25% 27% 17% 10% 14% 3% 4% -
Market/ORF-Eco 2009-05-08 29% 27% 13% 8% 16% 5% 2% -
Gallup/Österreich 2009-05-08 31% 30% 8% 9% 17% 5% - -
OGM/News 2009-05-06 32% 29% 9% 10% 15% 5% - -
Karmasin/Profil 2009-05-02 30% 30% 9% 9% 17% 5% - -
OGM/News 2009-04-15 30% 32% 6% 9% 17% 5% 1% -
Gallup/Österreich 2009-04-04 31-33% 30-32% 6-8% 8-10% 15-17% 3-5% - -
Peter Hayek/ATV 2009-04-01 31% 33% 10% 9% 10% 4% 3% -
Manova/Presse 2009-04-01 33% 30% 3% 13% 13% 6% 2% -
Gallup/Österreich 2009-03-27 30-32% 29-31% 7-9% 9-11% 15-17% 4-6% - -
Market/Standard 2009-03-25 30% 29% 8% 9% 15% 6% 3% -
Gallup/Österreich 2009-03-13 30-32% 29-31% 7-9% 9-11% 15-17% 4-6% - -
Fessel-Gfk/Presse 2009-03-05 28% 25% 4% 8% 9% - - 26%

References


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