Far right candidate is ahead in Austria’s presidential race, Austrian opinion poll, Austrian Presidential polls latest survey, Norbert Hofer, Alexander Van der Bellen, Freedom Party, far right candidate

Last Modified: August 31, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Far right candidate is ahead in Austria's presidential race, Austrian opinion poll, Austrian Presidential polls latest survey, Norbert Hofer, Alexander Van der Bellen, Freedom Party, far right candidate

Ahead of the Oct. 2 election, the Freedom Party's (FPO) Norbert Hofer is just ahead of his independent rival, Alexander Van der Bellen, who narrowly beat Hofer in a previous run-off vote in May that was annulled.

Oesterreich tabloid Survey
Hofer  53%
Van der Bellen 47%

A poll of 600 people published by the Oesterreich tabloid showed the average support for Hofer at 53 percent, one point higher than a poll in late July, versus 47 percent for former Greens head Alexander Van der Bellen.

Another poll, of 778 people with a margin of error of 3.6 percent, published by newspaper Kurier, found 38 percent thought Hofer would win while 34 percent expected Van der Bellen to.

In polls for parliamentary elections set for 2018, the FPO regularly attracts more than 33 percent, ahead of both ruling centrist parties.

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