The neuwal.com 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 neuwal.com 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.