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Not so long ago, two years ago to be precise, Austrians were more confident than they had been for a long time. Since 1989, the population has not been so optimistic about the coming year. This mood changed fundamentally in 2020 and will continue in 2021: The pandemic shows the continuation of the most significant shift in the basic mood since 1972, i.e. the first empirical measurement of the New Year's mood. The ongoing loop of the pandemic is even worsening last year’s depressed mood. Confidence is now at an all-time low of 26 percent.

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