NEOS are the big winners from direct voter contact

The folks have produced a very useful summary of an interesting political experiment undertaken at the Commercial College and Trade School Steyr.

The experiment first involved students casting their votes for the various political parties. Interestingly in this first round the Pirates do well alongside the SPÖ, ÖVP, Greens, and FPÖ. The students then had direct contact with representatives of all the nine parties through an information event at which the politicians answered questions.

Interestingly in the second round of voting that then followed it was NEOS who where the big winner with the biggest gain in support and finishing third overall. As you can see from the graphs on the page, the BZÖ along within Team Stronach and the ÖVP also improved their share of the vote. The biggest losers were the SPÖ, Greens, and Pirates.

It would be fascinating to see this experiment repeated elsewhere as this would help answer the question as to the degree policy or representatives influenced the voters.

One point of note from this story is that it lends weight to what I’ve heard NEOS people say a lot in recent months – ‘When we talked to people directly we get a very positive response’.

With the General Election scheduled for the 29th September 2013 the question remains ‘Will NEOS be able to get a direct hearing from the electorate?’ It’s going to be  a challenge for the new Centrist Liberal platform in a political system where the established parties have greater media coverage and large campaign chests from State and other funding.





Filed under Austrian Politics, Politics

3 responses to “NEOS are the big winners from direct voter contact

  1. Janus

    I note in Neuwal’s write-up that the number of people participating in the first ballot was 541 but in the second ballot only 192 voted. Self-selection bias is a very high probability in such a circumstance wouldn’t you agree? Mind you I wouldn’t find it surprising at all considering the irritatingly fickle nature of my fellow youth.

    • It’s a shame that the day and venue for the second vote differed from the first. It would have been even more interesting to see what, if any, change would have occurred in the number of students voting after the information events.

      • Janus

        I can’t help but feel that it reflects badly on the people conducting the experiment to have held the votes without an ability to chase up all participants for their second vote as it should have been obvious that the lack of equal comparison invalidates the experiments statistical significance. Was it students themselves that organised it?

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