Several dates were shuffled for the electoral call. Initially scheduled most probably for the 4th or 18 March, the result of the general election in November made it advisable for Griñán to push the date further away to the last Sunday of March, in order to hurry up the legislature and distance himself from the November electoral call.
This will become the first time since 1996 that an Andalusian parliamentary election is not held concurrently with a Spanish general election, as then-PMJosé Luis Rodríguez Zapatero had chosen to hold the 2012 general election 4 months ahead of schedule, at 20 November 2011.
The 2011 general elections resulted in a resounding victory for the opposition People's Party of Mariano Rajoy, who won in both seats and popular vote for the first time ever in this autonomous community since the Spanish transition to democracy. The PP won 1,982,091 votes (45.57%) and 33 seats to PSOE's 1,590,844 votes (36.57%) and 25 seats, who lost 800,000 votes and 11 seats from those won in 2008. United Left won 2 seats from Sevilla and Malaga and 8.26% of the share with 359,521 votes.
Results projections based on the results of the general election gave the People's Party an absolute majority with 58 seats (out of 109 up for election), with the PSOE in a distant second place with 43 seats. United Left on the projections would keep its 6 seats while UPyD could enter the Parliament with 2 seats. Had those results been confirmed, it would have meant the end of a 30 year-long hegemony of Socialist rule in the community: the party had won all elections ever since the creation of the Andalusian autonomous community.
Poll results are listed in the table below in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first. The highest percentage figure in each polling survey is displayed in bold, and the background shaded in the leading party's colour. In the instance that there is a tie, then no figure is shaded. The lead column on the right shows the percentage-point difference between the two parties with the highest figures. Poll results use the date the survey's fieldwork was done, as opposed to the date of publication. However, if such date is unknown, the date of publication will be given instead.
Opinion polls showing seat projections are displayed in the table below. The highest seat figures in each polling survey have their background shaded in the leading party's colour. In the instance that there is a tie, then no figure is shaded. 55 seats are required for an absolute majority in the Parliament of Andalusia.
^ abcdefghijThis survey shows its poll results projected over candidacy votes (that is, votes going for political parties, excluding blank ballots). The vote percentage in the official election is calculated including blank ballots into the estimation. In order to obtain data comparable to both the official results as well as those of other surveys, a rule of three has been applied to the survey projections, with the results of the calculation being shown instead.