First Austrian presidential debate attracts 475,000 viewers

Up to 475,000 viewers have tuned in to the first of three debates between the two candidates for the repeat Austrian presidential election on television station Puls 4 on Sunday evening.

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AFP / Joe Klamar Austrian Freedom Party presidential candidate Norbert Hofer (R) joins supporters at an event during the election at the Prater Alm Bar, in Vienna, Austria, on May 22, 2016
AFP / Joe Klamar Austrian Freedom Party presidential candidate Norbert Hofer (R) joins supporters at an event during the election at the Prater Alm Bar, in Vienna, Austria, on May 22, 2016

Local media reported the figures on Monday. They fall in line with the number of viewers the two candidates, Greens-backed Alexander Van der Bellen and the Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer, had in their television debates prior to the initial run-off election in May.

In a survey of 500 viewers of the debate, research and marketing institute OGM found 49 percent thought Hofer was the winner, compared to 46 percent in favor of Van der Bellen.

Conversely when asked who would be the better “mediator and connector” for the country, 52 percent backed the former Greens party leader, compared to 41 percent for Hofer. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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