Vienna Socialists May Fall to Refugee Crisis in Landmark Poll

Vienna’s mayor may be about to become the first politician in Europe toppled by the refugee crisis that is straining relations and upsetting voters from Britain to the Balkans.

Michael Haeupl’s Social Democrats are seeing their grip on Austria’s capital threatened for the first time since World War II as people already frustrated by rising rents and stagnant wages turn to the anti-immigrant Freedom Party to stop a sudden influx of refugees.

While the Social Democrats, who’ve won every free election ever held in Vienna, could still claim about 38 percent support in the Oct. 11 vote, the Freedom Party has crept to within striking distance at 34 percent, according to an OGM poll with a 3.4 percentage-point margin of error.