The private conversation at the workplace takes place and has one core topic: the weather. Other small talk topics are not influenced by the community or the company, but rather are social events and current challenges such as inflation, holiday travel, sports events, general health and the traffic situation. Really private content is discussed less often.

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After phases of pessimism due to multiple crises, optimism returns slightly. One in three Austrians is confident about the next 12 months. Scepticism and worry lines remain, but worries are clearly decreasing. Younger people and those with higher formal education in particular have an above-average positive approach to the new year 2024.

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The longitudinal analysis shows a clear trend: The current level of optimism in public opinion is below average in the long-term comparison since 1972. The scepticism of the Austrians is still high, the worries have been declining slightly since 2022. Only just under one in three is confident.

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The longitudinal analysis shows a clear trend: the leisure budget, i.e. the hours outside of work in which you can do whatever you want, is increasing significantly: since the end of the 1970s, the amount of time available for leisure time has more than doubled. On average, this is now 6 hours and 48 minutes for the total population aged 16 and over, and around 4 hours and 38 minutes for working people.

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Almost every second Austrian considers work-life balance, i.e. a balance between professional requirements and private needs, to be very important. Especially the younger generation considers this to be particularly central in their lives. Partial contradiction between this basic attitude towards one's own work situation and the expectations of the public! Because the demand for services even on weekends is enormous.

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The impact of price increases in the household is enormous: Strictly speaking, 69 percent of Austrians are at least rather severely affected by the general inflation in the areas of electricity, food, etc. The purchasing behavior is changing, with people trying to reduce costs in the areas of electricity, gas, eating out, holidays, grocery shopping and furniture.

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