Almost half of the population considers the demands of the activists of the “last generation” to be justified. However, 66 percent do not find it okay to stick to the streets for this, according to a joint survey by the two market research institutes Spectra and Integral, which was published on Tuesday.
In the meantime, almost everyone knows the actions of the climate activists, specifically 92 percent of those surveyed said they had heard of the movement. However, 82 percent are rather disillusioned with the success of the campaigns. 82 percent believe little or not at all that the demonstrations will lead to climate-friendly behavior.
In addition, the majority of Austrians reject it, as is currently the main protest. 49 percent rate the adhesive campaigns as very negative, 18 percent as rather negative. 16 percent are fully or somewhat behind it and 18 percent are “neutral”. As the survey shows, the critics are also more concerned with the type of protest, because half of them do think it is important to address climate change.
53 percent of respondents would welcome harsher penalties for the activists. But here, too, there is an ambivalent attitude. Because 40 percent of those “hardliners” find it positive that the activists are directing the focus to climate change. Almost a third of all those surveyed were of the opinion that too much attention was already being paid to that topic.
Between 26 and 31 January, the two market research institutes conducted online surveys of 1,000 people between the ages of 16 and 75 who were representative of the Austrian population.