Gesellschaftliche Einstellungen zum Wohlfahrtsstaat

English title: Public attitudes towards the welfare state in Austria

Author(s): Grausgruber Alfred -

Language: German

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2014

Abstract

This paper deals with the public attitudes towards the welfare state in Austria by comparing trends within Austria and contrasting them with other European countries. Attitude surveys in Austria conducted in 1986, 2003 and 2008 show more or less stable results.The key statistics can be summed up as follows: 1) Government should „ensure a reasonable standard of living for the old“ and should provide „adequate health care for the sick“ (ranging from 99% in 1986 to 87% in 2008); 2) „Government should ensure a job for everyone who wants one“ (ranging from 85% in 1986 to 75% in 2008); 3) Government should ensure „a reasonable standard of living for the unemployed“ (ranging from 69% in 1986 to 69% in 2008); and 4) Government should „reduce income inequalities“ (ranging from 78% in 1986 to 72 % in 2008). Compared to other EU-countries, the Austrian public: 1) assesses the health care system, the pension security system and social welfare institutions to be substantially better than people in other EU-member states; 2) distinguishes less clearly between positive and negative effects of welfare state activities; 3) assesses more positively their government‘s poverty reduction programmes although they recognise that poverty remains an urgent problem.

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