As already explained in the last IMAS report on the New Year's mood, there is a particularly worried view of the coming months. The Corona crisis dominates our basic mood, both in a positive and a negative sense.

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Exactly one year ago, the Austrians were more confident than they have been for a long time, the population has not been so optimistic about the coming year since 1989. This has now changed fundamentally: The pandemic shows the clearest shift in the basic mood since the first empirical measurement of the New Year's mood in 1972. Within one year, i.e. from 2019 to 2020, the confidence lost 32 percentage points (from 60% to 28%), the worry lines deepened by 28 percentage points (from 10% to 38%) and the skepticism increased by eight percentage points.

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The biggest concerns of Mr. and Mrs. Austria in the current pandemic are, in addition to economic uncertainty, the risk of infection and emotional stress, the imminent negative changes in society. Women are more worried here than men. Younger people under the age of 35 are particularly concerned about loss of income. The stage of life decides the depth of the worry lines.

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Three out of four Austrians are at least somewhat of the opinion that the corona crisis has shown that online services are important in working life and at school. Two thirds also believe that digitisation helped "survive" the crisis.

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As recently reported in the last IMAS Report No. 08 | 2020, there is a shift in the general mood in the population from positive to negative. This is mainly due to the fact that our daily life, which we have valued so far, has been significantly changed by the crisis and will continue to change.

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