The Austrians had to struggle with physical and mental challenges in the last year, which was very much shaped by the corona pandemic, and two-thirds felt strained. Young women were more affected than any other socio-demographic group. The higher the stress level in everyday life, the more frequent the physical and mental strain. Around a fifth of the Austrians are stressed in everyday life, two thirds did not feel particularly stressed in the last week. Stress tends to be perceived negatively, two thirds of those under stress are of this opinion.

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The Austrians are quite certain that the anchoring of democracy in our constitution is very important overall. 3 out of 5 are very convinced of this. When it comes to the effects of the crisis on democracy in Austria, around a third of the Austrian population thinks that democracy is in jeopardy, around half assume the opposite. No clear decision on the most suitable form of government, authoritarian-led countries do not fare significantly worse in the opinion of the Austrians. Among those who rate authoritarian countries as more successful in fighting pandemics, around a third disagree that democracy is nevertheless the better form of government.

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Around three out of five Austrians have the impression that they are no longer completely sure what is right and wrong in politics, economics and general matters of life (entirely / somewhat). Increasing trend: Plus six percentage points (entirely) since 2018! Only ten percent have a clear orientation on this issue.

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Austrians are pretty sure that the paternal role has changed significantly since the 1970s. About 3 out of 4 share this view at least somewhat strongly. Women and people with children in the household are above average in this opinion. The trend is clear: this mood has clearly prevailed since 2014, the two expressions "fully agree" and "tend to agree" to a changed father role increased by 30 percentage points in this period. A clear development over the last few years can therefore be attested.

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The Austrians position themselves slightly to the left of the center in the political spectrum (46.3 on a scale from 0 to 100, with 0 totally left and 100 totally right), but interestingly, one suspects the population as a whole to be further on the right side. About a third think the Austrians are a little to the right of the center.

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In response to the open question of what would be the first thing to do after the end of the pandemic, it is clear that the longing for vacation and social contacts is enormous. Many different aspects are mentioned, but one in four Austrians aged 16 and over spontaneously names the intention to travel as the first action, i.e. the first aspect that comes to mind.

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