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Analysis of the
1999 Parliamentary Elections

0. Preliminary remarks
1. Pre-electoral situation
2. Time of the voting decision
3. Party changers
4. Key motives
5. Socio-demographic groups
6. Traditional determinants
7. Transformation of party system
8. References
9. Authors


0. Preliminary remarks

This report provides a first sociological analysis of the voting behaviour in Austria in the 1999 parliamentary elections. In terms of method, the analysis is based on the data of a representative exit poll.

A nation-wide sample of N = 2,200 voters were interviewed about their voting behaviour and the motives for choosing a particular party immediately after leaving the polling stations. The FESSEL-GfK (Institute for Market Research) selected – by random sampling – 160 locations throughout Austria. The task of the 110 interviewers working for the institute was to interview the voters after they had left the polling station within a certain time-frame (in the morning and early afternoon on election day). Furthermore, the choice of the interviewees was based on a predetermined gender- and age-specific quota sampling plan.

Due to time constraints, the present report deals only with the most significant structures and patterns of the voting behaviour. A comprehensive analysis of the changes of the voting behaviour as well as the competitive conditions of the Austrian party system is in preparation.

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