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FPÖ’s Hofer ahead in presidential election

Published: August 31, 2016, 11:14 am

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    Freedom Party (FPÖ) candidate Norbert Hofer has widened his lead in a Gallup poll ahead of October’s repeat election for the Austrian presidency. The poll published by the Oesterreich paper showed an increase in support for Hofer, which now stands at 52 percent, compared to 51 percent in early July found.

    The former Greens party leader Alexander van der Bellen won the elections in May by a small margin, but because of suspicions of widespread election irregularities, Austria’s highest court annulled the vote.

    The respondents of the poll cite Hofer’s personality, “protection from terror” and “more stringent asylum policy” as the main factors in their decision.

    Hofers party FPÖ is also gaining ahead of the parliamentary elections in 2018, now attracting the support of 35 percent of the voters, the recent poll also showed.

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