Beer Party Surges to Third Place in Vienna State Election Poll
A Satirical Party Turned Serious Contender
The Austrian Beer Party, led by former rockstar Marco Pogo, has enjoyed a surge to third place in the latest poll for the next Vienna state election, overtaking one of the current governing parties.
The party, which was only founded in 2014, has gained popularity with its satirical policies, such as a proposed beer fountain in the city, the scrapping of mandatory closing times, and a 50% tax on Radlers beer and “other atrocities”.
A Surge in Popularity
The Beer Party’s rise to third place in the polls is a significant development, as it suggests that the party is now a serious contender in Viennese politics.
The party is still trailing the governing Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) and the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), but it is now ahead of the New Austria and Liberal Forum (NEOS), the Greens, and the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP).
If the Beer Party is able to maintain its current level of support, it could play a key role in the formation of the next government in Vienna.
The party could potentially form a coalition with either the SPÖ or the FPÖ.
A First for the Beer Party
Even if the Beer Party does not form a coalition government, it is still on track to win its first ever seats in both the state council and city council.
This would be a major achievement for the party, which has only been in existence for a few years.
A Shift in Viennese Politics
The Beer Party’s rise in popularity is a sign of the changing political landscape in Vienna.
The party’s success suggests that there is a growing demand for new and alternative political parties.
It remains to be seen whether the Beer Party will be able to maintain its current level of support, but its surge to third place in the polls is a significant development that is sure to shake up Viennese politics.