Earlier this month, ORF, the Austrian national broadcaster, announced the city and venue chosen to host the 60th Eurovision Song Contest next year in Austria. Since then, a number of surveys have taken place asking the Austrian public what they think of the choice.
Since Conchita Wurst and Austria’s Eurovision win back in May, preparations have been underway for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest including plans regarding the host city and venue. Since the official announcement earlier this month, many surveys have been forwarded to the Austrian public asking for their opinion on the choice. In total, 703 members of the public took part in the survey carried out by Intergral regarding the city and venue choice for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.
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According to the survey, 63% of the public are happy with choice of host city and venue, whilst 8% are unhappy with the selection. 25% have mixed feelings about Vienna being chosen as the host. When asking individuals from each of the Austrian states, 73% of the Viennese public agree with the host city decision. 69% of the people of Tyrol, who originally supported Innsbruck’s bid, also voted that they were pleased with the choice of host city.
When asked about what effect the Eurovision Song Contest will have for the host country, the results are as follows:
- 86% believe that the big event is an excellent opportunity to present Austria and Vienna to the world.
- 54% believe that Austria will positively benefit from the Eurovision Song Contest.
- 71% believe that Vienna in particular will benefit from the event.
- 56% believe that the Austrian national broadcaster ORF will benefit as the host of the show.
ORF also produced a survey asking about the public interest in the television coverage of the show. The results revealed that 60% would watch the Eurovision Song Contest on television in May, 28% would like to watch the show broadcast in a public place and 23% would like to see the event live at the host venue, the Wiener Stadthalle.
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The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is set to take place on the 19, 21 and 23 May next year in the host city of Vienna.