Early parliamentary elections were held in Austria on 10 October 1971, following electoral reforms intended to benefit smaller parties. The number of seats in the National Council was increased from 165 to 183, and the proportionality of the seat distribution was increased as well.
183 seats in the National Council of Austria
92 seats needed for a majority
Results of the election, showing seats won by state and nationwide. States are shaded according to the first-place party.
The Socialist Party, which had governed as a minority government since 1970, won 93 of the 183 seats, a majority of two. Voter turnout was 92.4%. It was the first time that the Socialists had won an absolute majority at an election. They also won just over half of the vote, something no Austrian party had previously achieved in a free election. Socialist leader Bruno Kreisky remained Chancellor.
|Socialist Party of Austria||2,280,168||50.04||93||+12|
|Austrian People's Party||1,964,713||43.11||80||+2|
|Freedom Party of Austria||248,473||5.45||10||+4|
|Communist Party of Austria||61,762||1.36||0||0|
|Source: Nohlen & Stöver|