1986 Austrian legislative election

Early parliamentary elections were held in Austria on 23 November 1986.[1] They were called by Chancellor Franz Vranitzky of the Socialist Party (SPÖ), as he was not prepared to continue the coalition government with new Freedom Party leader Jörg Haider, who had ousted Norbert Steger at the party convention.

1986 Austrian legislative election

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183 seats in the National Council of Austria
92 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  SPÖ Presse und Kommunikation 52 (7534272276) (cropped).jpg Alois Mock 1986.png
Leader Franz Vranitzky Alois Mock
Last election 47.65%, 90 seats 43.22%, 81 seats
Seats won 80 77
Seat change Decrease 10 Decrease 4
Popular vote 2,092,024 2,003,663
Percentage 43.12% 41.29%
Swing Decrease4.53pp Decrease1.93pp

  Third party Fourth party
  Haider, Jörg (cropped).jpg Save The World Awards 2009 show10 - Freda Meissner-Blau (cropped).jpg
Leader Jörg Haider Freda Meissner-Blau
Party FPÖ Greens
Last election 4.98%, 12 seats
Seats won 18 8
Seat change Increase 6 New
Popular vote 472,205 234,028
Percentage 9.73% 4.82%
Swing Increase4.75pp New

1986 Austrian legislative election - Results.svg
Results of the election, showing seats won by state and nationwide. States are shaded according to the first-place party.

Chancellor before election

Franz Vranitzky

Elected Chancellor

Franz Vranitzky

The SPÖ won the most seats, and formed a grand coalition with the Austrian People's Party, as neither were willing to work with Haider. Voter turnout was 90%.[2]


Socialist Party of Austria2,092,02443.1280–10
Austrian People's Party2,003,66341.2977–4
Freedom Party of Austria472,2059.7318+6
Green AlternativeFreda Meissner-Blau List234,0284.828New
Communist Party of Austria35,1040.7200
Action List – I've Had Enough8,1000.170New
Green Alternatives – Democratic List6,0050.120New
Carinthian Greens–VGÖ–VÖGA–Independent Councillors1,0590.0200
Valid votes4,852,18898.22
Invalid/blank votes88,1101.78
Total votes4,940,298100.00
Registered voters/turnout5,461,41490.46
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p196 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p216