European Parliament election, 2009 (Austria)

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

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

Through the Lisbon Treaty, the number of seats was graded to 19, so the SPÖ and BZÖ parties got additional seats,[1] which are currently Observer MEPs.

Results[edit]

e • d Summary of the results of Austria's 7 June 2009 election to the European Parliament
← 200420092014 →
National party European party Main candidate Votes  % +/– Seats +/– Seats (post-Lisbon) +/–
People's Party (ÖVP) EPP Ernst Strasser 858,921 29.98 2.7 Decrease
6 / 17
0 Steady
6 / 19
0 Steady
Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) PES Johannes Swoboda 680,041 23.74 9.6 Decrease
4 / 17
3 Decrease
5 / 19
1 Increase
Hans-Peter Martin's List (MARTIN) None Hans-Peter Martin 506,092 17.67 3.7 Increase
3 / 17
1 Increase
3 / 19
0 Steady
Freedom Party (FPÖ) None Andreas Mölzer 364,207 12.71 6.4 Increase
2 / 17
1 Increase
2 / 19
0 Steady
The Greens – The Green Alternative (GRÜNE) EGP Ulrike Lunacek 284,505 9.93 3.0 Decrease
2 / 17
0 Steady
2 / 19
0 Steady
Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ) None Ewald Stadler 131,261 4.58 new
0 / 17
0 Steady
1 / 19
1 Increase
Young Liberals (JULIS) None Hannes Müllner 20,668 0.71 new
0 / 17
0 Steady
0 / 19
0 Steady
Communist Party (KPÖ) PEL Günther Hopfgartner 18,926 0.65 0.1 Decrease
0 / 17
0 Steady
0 / 19
0 Steady
Valid votes 2,864,621 97.93
Blank and invalid votes 60,511 2.07
Totals 2,925,132 100.00
17 / 17
1 Decrease
19 / 19
2 Increase
Electorate (eligible voters) and voter turnout 6,362,761 45.97 3.54 Increase
Source: Austrian Ministry of Interior

The parties[edit]

SPÖ[edit]

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

ÖVP[edit]

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.[2]

FPÖ[edit]

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.[3]

Die Grünen[edit]

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.[4] However, in the days after the decision, it was not ruled out that Voggenhuber might run on his own;[5] he later emphatically stated he would not do that.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

BZÖ[edit]

The BZÖ picked Ewald Stadler to head their list;[9] they did not want to run together with the Libertas Party, but stated that they were interested in cooperation after the election.[10]

Hans-Peter Martin[edit]

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.[11][12]

Young Liberals[edit]

Liberal Forum MEP Karin Resetarits gave the Young Liberals (a sub-organisation of the LIF, both its youth party and its student organisation[13]) the possibility to contest the election.[14] 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.[15]

KPÖ[edit]

The Communist Party of Austria announced on 7 March that it will participate in the elections under the list name "Communist Party of Austria – European Left".[16]

Opinion Polls[edit]

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%

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