According to a new survey, a quarter of people in Austria expect a blackout – a prolonged power failure – to occur this year. 63 percent generally consider this to be a realistic scenario. 54 percent also stated that precautionary measures had already been taken in their household. But not even half would provide neighborhood help in an emergency. 68 percent of those surveyed locate a lot of fake news in this context.
The opinion research institute Ipsos for the insurance company Helvetia surveyed how the population is preparing and how great the fears associated with the crisis scenario are. 35 percent are of the opinion that a blackout could occur within the next twelve months, within the next three years even expected almost half – 14 percent “very” and 35 percent “rather likely” – a longer-lasting power failure. At 30 percent, almost a third of the population is afraid of it. 40 percent have little or no fear. An increase in crime such as looting (24 percent), no heating (18 percent), food shortages (13 percent) and no means of communication (12 percent) are the main concerns. 68 percent locate fake news, almost two Thirds also feel sufficiently informed: 14 percent “very well”, 47 percent “rather well”. Only two percent feel “not at all” informed. Eight out of ten respondents consider the electricity crisis to be dangerous, almost a third even very. Only seven percent rate a blackout as relatively or very harmless. But 70 percent also see “hype” and profiteering. 68 percent locate a lot of fake news in this context. 54 percent stated that precautionary measures had already been taken in their household. Food (60 percent), water (37 percent) and gas cookers or grills (22 percent) were mentioned spontaneously. In the supported query, replacement lighting came in first place (70 percent), followed by food and drink supplies (67 percent) and hygiene items (60 percent). Just under half would provide neighborhood help. Four out of ten respondents stated that they would spend up to a week with their to get by with food supplies, only three percent believe that the supplies only last for one day. 41 percent would be “very likely” and 44 percent “rather likely” to provide neighborhood help.