The research project focuses on the relation between political attitudes and everyday practices in Vienna. By a qualitative-reconstructive research design we explore how people cope with recent socio-political changes in their daily life and ask how this is influencing living together and political agency. Based on qualitative data this project is contributing insights in how collectively shared needs in everyday life and electoral behaviour relate. A decreasing voter participation and the dominant feeling of political deprivation currently jeopardise active democracy. From understanding daily needs and the contradictions they entail it becomes possible to develop socio-political interventions grounding in the everyday life of concrete people.