1971 Austrian legislative election

← 1970 10 October 1971 1975 →

183 seats in the National Council of Austria
92 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Bruno Kreisky Hermann Withalm Friedrich Peter
Party SPÖ ÖVP FPÖ
Leader since 1967 1970 1958
Last election 81 seats, 48.42% 78 seats, 44.69% 6 seats, 5.52%
Seats won 93 80 10
Seat change Increase 12 Increase 2 Increase 4
Popular vote 2,280,168 1,964,713 286,473
Percentage 50.04% 43.11% 6.29%
Swing Increase 1.62% Decrease 1.58% Increase 0.77%

Chancellor before election

Bruno Kreisky
SPÖ

Elected Chancellor

Bruno Kreisky
SPÖ

Early parliamentary elections were held in Austria on 10 October 1971,[1] following electoral reforms intended to benefit smaller parties. The number of seats in the National Council was increased from 165 to 183, and the proportionality of the seat distribution was increased as well.[2]

The Socialist Party, which had governed as a minority government since 1970, won 93 of the 183 seats, a majority of two. Voter turnout was 92.4%.[3] It was the first time that the Socialists had won an absolute majority at an election. They also won just over half of the vote, something no Austrian party had previously achieved in a free election. Socialist leader Bruno Kreisky remained Chancellor.

Results

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Socialist Party of Austria 2,280,168 50.0 93 +12
Austrian People's Party 1,964,713 43.1 80 +2
Freedom Party of Austria 248,473 5.5 10 +4
Communist Party of Austria 61,762 1.4 0 0
Offensive Left 1,874 0.0 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 50,626
Total 4,607,616 100 183 +18
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular vote
SPÖ
50.04%
ÖVP
43.12%
FPÖ
5.45%
KPÖ
1.36%
OL
0.04%
Parliamentary seats
SPÖ
50.93%
ÖVP
43.72%
FPÖ
5.46%

References

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p196 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p188M
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p215