Saxony state election, 2009

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Saxony state election, 2009
Saxony
2004 ←
30 August 2009 → 2014

All 132 seats of the Landtag of Saxony
67 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Stanislaw Tillich Dresden June 2008.jpg Andre hahn 3414198924 crop.jpg Thomas Jurk (aka).jpg
Leader Stanislaw Tillich André Hahn Thomas Jurk
Party CDU Left SPD
Last election 55 seats, 41.1% 31 seats, 23.6%[1] 13 seats, 9.8%
Seats won 58 29 14
Seat change +3 -2 +1
Percentage 40.2% 20.6% 10.4%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  HolgerZastrow.jpg Antje-Hermenau-cropped.png Holger Apfel.jpg
Leader Holger Zastrow Antje Hermenau Holger Apfel
Party FDP Green NPD
Last election 7 seats, 5.9% 6 seats, 5.1% 12 seats, 9.2%
Seats won 14 9 8
Seat change +7 +3 -4
Percentage 10.0% 6.4% 5.6%

Minister-President before election

Stanislaw Tillich
CDU

Elected Minister-President

Stanislaw Tillich
CDU

State elections took place in Saxony on 30 August 2009, the same day as the Saarland and Thuringia state elections. The election results decided control of the Landtag of Saxony (Saxony's parliament). Minister-President Stanislaw Tillich's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) won enough seats in combination with their preferred partners, the Free Democratic Party (FDP) to enter into a coalition government, supplanting the grand coalition with the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

On September 30, 2009 Tillich (CDU) was re-elected to the office of Minister-President in coalition with the FDP.

Results[edit]

e • d Summary of the 30 August 2009 election results for the Landtag of Saxony
Party Ideology Vote % (change) Seats (change) Seat %
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Center-right 40.2% −0.9% 58 +3 43.9%
Linke (formerly PDS) Left-wing, socialism 20.6% −3.0% 29 −2 22%
Social Democratic Party (SPD) Center-left, social democracy 10.4% +0.6% 14 +1 10.6%
Free Democratic Party (FDP) Classical liberalism 10.0% +4.1% 14 +7 10.6%
Alliance '90/The Greens (Die Grünen) Green politics, center-left 6.4% +1.3% 9 +3 6.8%
National Democratic Party (NPD) Far-right, nationalist 5.6% −3.6% 8 −4 6%
Animal Protection Party (Die Tierschutzpartei) Environmentalism 2.1% +0.5%
Pirate Party (PIRATEN) Pirate politics, freedom of information, intellectual property rights reform 1.9% +1.9%
Free Saxons (Freie Sachsen) Independent 1.4% +1.4%
Party of Bible-Loyal Christians (PBC) Religious conservatism 0.4% −0.3%
All Others 1.0%
Total 100.0%   132 +8 100.0%

Prior election[edit]

In the 2004 election, the center-right CDU failed to win an absolute majority of seats for the first time since Reunification in 1990. Minister-President Georg Milbradt was unable to form a government with his preferred coalition partner, the liberal FDP, but he was able to keep his office after entering into a grand coalition with the center-left (SPD).

e • d Summary of the 19 September 2004 election results for the Landtag of Saxony
Party Ideology Vote % (change) Seats (change) Seat %
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Center-right 41.1% −15.8% 55 −21 44.4%
Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) [Now Linke] Left Wing [2] 23.6% +1.4% 31 +1 25.0%
Social Democratic Party (SPD) Center-left 9.8% −0.9% 13 −1 10.5%
National Democratic Party (NPD) Far-right, nationalist 9.2% +7.8% 12 +12 9.7%
Free Democratic Party (FDP) Free Market 5.9% +4.8% 7 +7 5.6%
Alliance '90/The Greens (Die Grünen) Environmental, Center-left 5.1% +2.5% 6 +6 4.8%
Animal Protection Party (Tierschutzpartei) Environmental 1.6% +1.6%
Gray Panthers (Graue) Pensioner's advocacy 0.9% +0.6%
Party of Bible-Loyal Christians (PBC) Religious, far-right 0.7% +0.4%
Civil Rights Movement Solidarity (BüSo) LaRouche movement 0.5% +0.4%
Party for Rights, Freedom, Health (AUFBRUCH) Environmental 0.5% +0.5%
German Social Union (DSU) Conservative 0.5% +0.1%
Others 0.4% -3.1%
Total 100.0%   124 +4 100.0%

Turnout was at 59.6%, down from 61.1% in the 1999 election.


Opinion polling[edit]

The following opinion polls have been conducted during the campaign:[3]

Group Date CDU The Left SPD NPD FDP Greens Other
Institut für Marktforschung Leipzig 22 August 2009 41% 20% 14% 5% 10% 6% 4%
Infratest dimap 12 August 2009 39% 19% 15% 5% 12% 6% 4%
Institut für Marktforschung Leipzig 16 July 2009 42% 17% 14% 5% 11% 7% 5%
Infratest dimap 25 June 2009 40% 20% 13% 5% 12% 6% 4%
Infratest dimap 14 May 2009 40% 19% 15% 5% 10% 7% 4%
Infratest dimap 5 May 2009 42% 18% 13% 5% 11% 6% 5%
Institut für Marktforschung Leipzig 21 April 2009 43% 17% 18% 4% 9% 6% 3%
Institut für Marktforschung Leipzig 24 March 2009 42% 17% 18% 5% 9% 6% 3%
aproxima 24 March 2009 49% 21% 15% 4% 5% 5% 1%
Infratest dimap 2 December 2008 42% 20% 18% 3% 9% 6% 2%
Institut für Marktforschung Leipzig 14 November 2008 39% 19% 16% 6% 9% 6% 5%

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Party of Democratic Socialism contested the previous election, but subsequently merged with the Labour and Social Justice – The Electoral Alternative to form The Left
  2. ^ "Parties and Elections in Europe: Germany". Parties-and-Elections.de. 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  3. ^ http://www.wahlrecht.de/umfragen/landtage/sachsen.htm

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