May 20, 2019 / 10:39 AM / a month ago

Austria's far-right FPO lose five points in poll after video scandal

FILE PHOTO: Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache reacts as he addresses the media in Vienna, Austria, May 18, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - Support for Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPO) fell by 5 percentage points to 18 percent after longtime FPO leader Heinz-Christian Strache was caught in an apparent sting operation offering to fix state contracts, a poll showed on Monday.

The Research Affairs survey presented by Austrian online news outlet Oe24 showed backing for Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s conservatives rising by 4 percentage points to 38 percent.

On Monday Austria’s two ruling parties agitated to end their coalition, with the chancellor seeking to oust the interior minister and his far-right coalition partner threatening to quit the teetering government if he does.

Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Tassilo Hummel

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