Swiss federal election, 2011

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Swiss federal election, 2011
Switzerland
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All 200 seats in the National Council (101 seats needed for a majority)
All 46 seats in the Council of States (24 seats needed for a majority)
  First party Second party Third party
  Toni Brunner (Nationalrat, 2007).jpg Christian Levrat (Nationalrat, 2007).jpg Fulvio Pelli (2007).jpg
Leader Toni Brunner Christian Levrat Fulvio Pelli
Party Swiss People's Social Democrats FDP.The Liberals
Leader since 1 March 2008 1 March 2008 1 January 2009
Leader's seat St. Gallen Fribourg Ticino
Last election 62+7, 28.9% 43+9, 19.5% 31+12, 15.8%
Seats before 58 + 7 42 + 9 35 + 12
Seats won 54 + 5 46 + 11 31 + 11
Seat change Decrease10 Increase5 Decrease1
Popular vote 641,106 450,693 364,704
Percentage 26.6% 18.7% 15.1%
Swing Decrease2.3pp Decrease0.9pp Decrease2.5pp

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Christophe Darbellay 2.jpg Ueli Leuenberger (2007).jpg Martin Bäumle (2007).jpg
Leader Christophe Darbellay Ueli Leuenberger Martin Bäumle
Party Christian Democrats Greens Green Liberals
Leader since 2 September 2006 26 April 2008 20 July 2007
Leader's seat Valais Geneva Zurich
Last election 31+15, 14.5% 20+2, 9.6% 3+1, 1.4%
Seats before 31 + 15 20 + 2 3 + 1
Seats won 28 + 13 15 + 2 12 + 2
Seat change Decrease5 Decrease5 Increase10
Popular vote 296,350 203,447 130,041
Percentage 12.3% 8.4% 5.4%
Swing Decrease2.2%pp Decrease1.2pp Increase4.0pp

  Seventh party Eighth party Ninth party
  Hans grunder.jpg AG STUDER HEINER.JPG
Leader Hans Grunder Heiner Studer Giuliano Bignasca
Party Conservative Democrats Evangelical People's Lega
Leader since 1 November 2008 1 June 2008 17 January 1991
Leader's seat Bern None Ticino
Last election New 2+0, 2.4% 1+0, 0.6%
Seats before 5 + 0 2 + 0 1 + 0
Seats won 9 + 1 2 + 0 2 + 0
Seat change New Steady Increase1
Popular vote 130,878 48,259 18,956
Percentage 5.4% 2.0% 0.8%
Swing New Decrease0.4pp Increase0.2pp

National Council of Switzerland 2011 election winner by canton.svg

Map of Swiss cantons shaded by the party that won the most votes. The Swiss People's Party dominated German-speaking Switzerland, while the Social Democrats were the largest in the French-speaking west.
Coat of Arms of Switzerland (Pantone).svg
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Federal elections were held in Switzerland on 23 October 2011. All of the Federal Assembly were to be elected: all 200 seats in the National Council and all 46 seats in the Council of States.

Voter turnout was 49.1%, compared to 48.9% in 2007.[1]

National Council[edit]

At the last election, in 2007, the Swiss People's Party (SVP) won the highest share of the vote ever recorded for a single party in Switzerland, with 29% of the vote. Soon after, a moderate faction split from the SVP, forming the Conservative Democratic Party (BDP).

In the 2011 election, the two neophyte parties BDP and Green Liberal Party (GLP) were successful, each receiving 5.4% of the popular vote. Both the GLP and the BDP have gained the required five seats to form their own parliamentary groups, suggesting a split of the centrist CVP/EVP/glp group.

All other major parties lost votes, the Swiss People's Party (SVP) for the first time since the 1987 elections. With 26.6% of the popular vote, the SVP is still the strongest party by a comfortable margin, but the 2011 elections marked the end of its rapid growth during the period of 1995–2007.

Of the small parties (below 5 seats), the Evangelical People's Party received 2.0% of the vote (+0.4%), retaining its two seats. The Ticino League received 0.8% of the vote (+0.2%) and gains one seat, now holding two.

The Christian Social Party lost one seat, but gained another to remain in the National Council, while the Federal Democratic Union of Switzerland and Swiss Party of Labour lost their single seats. Other minor groups which gathered more than 0.1% of the popular vote are: the Swiss Pirate Party (0.48%), the Swiss Democrats (0.20%), parteifrei.ch (0.19%) and Tierpartei Schweiz (0.15%).


e • d Summary of the 23 October 2011 National Council of Switzerland election results
Parties Abbr. Alignment Ideology Votes[2]  % +/– Seats +/–
Swiss People's Party SVP/UDC Right-wing National conservatism 648,675 26.6 −2.3 54 −8
Social Democratic Party SPS/PSS Centre-left Social democracy 457,317 18.7 −0.8 46 +3
FDP.The Liberals FDP/PLR Centre-right Classical liberalism 368,951 15.1 −2.5 30 −5
Christian Democratic People's Party CVP/PDC Centre-right Christian democracy 300,544 12.3 −2.2 28 −3
Green Party GPS/PES Centre-left Green politics 205,984 8.4 −1.2 15 −5
Conservative Democratic Party BDP/PBD Centre-right Conservatism / Economic liberalism 132,279 5.4 New 9 New
Green Liberal Party GLP/PVL Centre Green liberalism 131,436 5.4 +4.0 12 +9
Evangelical People's Party EVP/PEV Centre Christian democracy 48,789 2.0 −0.4 2 ±0
Federal Democratic Union EDU/UDF Right-wing Christian right 31,056 1.3 ±0 0 −1
Alternative Left (Party of Labour, solidaritéS) LIN/GAU Left-wing Socialism / communism 21,482 0.9 −0.2 0 −1
Ticino League LdT Right-wing Regionalism / Right-wing populism 19,657 0.8 +0.3 2 +1
Geneva Citizens' Movement MCG Right-wing Regionalism / Right-wing populism 10,714 0.4 +0.3 1 +1
Christian Social Party CSP/PCS Centre-left Christian left 6,248 0.3 -0.2 1 ±0
Other 54,622 2.2
Total (turnout 48.5%) 2,442,648 200
Source: Swiss Federal Statistical Office (French)

Seats by canton[edit]

Canton Total SVP SP FDP CVP Grüne glp BDP EVP EDU PdA CSP Lega MCG
ZHWappen Zürich matt.svg Zurich 34 11 −1 7 4 2 −1 3 −1 4 +1 2 +2 1
BEWappen Bern matt.svg Bern 26 8 -2 6 2 -2 -1 3 2 +2 4 +4 1 0 -1
LUWappen Luzern matt.svg Lucerne 10 2 −1 1 2 3 1 1 +1
URWappen Uri matt.svg Uri 1 1
SZWappen des Kantons Schwyz.svg Schwyz 4 1 −1 1 1 +1 1
NWWappen Nidwalden matt.svg Nidwalden 1 1 +1 0 −1
OWWappen Obwalden matt.svg Obwalden 1 0 −1 1 +1
GLWappen Glarus matt.svg Glarus 1 0 −1 1 +1
ZGWappen Zug matt.svg Zug 3 1 1 +1 1 0 −1
FRWappen Freiburg matt.svg Fribourg 7 1 3 +1 1 2 0 −1
SOWappen Solothurn matt.svg Solothurn 7 2 2 +1 1 2 0 −1
BLWappen Basel-Landschaft matt.svg Basel-Landschaft 7 2 2 1 1 1
BSWappen Basel-Stadt matt.svg Basel-Stadt 5 1 2 1 1 +1 0 −1
SHWappen Schaffhausen matt.svg Schaffhausen 2 1 1
ARWappen Appenzell Ausserrhoden matt.svg Appenzell Ausserrhoden 1 1
AIWappen Appenzell Innerrhoden matt.svg Appenzell Innerrhoden 1 1
SGWappen St. Gallen matt.svg St. Gallen 12 4 −1 2 1 3 1 1 +1
GRWappen Graubünden matt.svg Grisons 5 1 −1 1 0 −1 1 1 +1 1 +1
AGWappen Aargau matt.svg Aargau 15 6 3 2 1 −2 1 1 +1 1 +1
TGWappen Thurgau matt.svg Thurgau 6 3 1 −1 1 1 +1
TIWappen Tessin matt.svg Ticino 8 1 +1 1 -1 2 -1 2 2 +1
VDWappen Waadt matt.svg Vaud 18 4 -1 6 +2 4 1 2 -1 1 +1 0 -1
VSWappen Wallis matt.svg Valais 7 1 2 +1 1 3 −1
NEWappen Neuenburg matt.svg Neuchâtel 5 1 1 2 1
GEWappen Genf matt.svg Geneva 11 2 3 2 -1 1 2 1 +1
JUWappen Jura matt.svg Jura 2 −1 1 1 +1
  Switzerland 200 54 -8 46 +3 30 -5 28 -3 15 -5 12 +9 9 +9 2 ±0 0 -1 0 -1 1 ±0 2 +1 1 +1

Council of States[edit]

The elections of the Council of States are done by a plurality voting system. 27 out of 46 seats have been accounted for in the first ballot of 23 October. For the remaining 19 seats, a second ballot will be held in November.


e • d  Summary of the 23 October, 13 November, 20 November, 27 November and 4 December 2011 Council of States of Switzerland election results
Parties Ideology 2007 Seats ±
Christian Democratic People's Party (CVP/PDC) Christian democracy 15 13 -2
FDP.The Liberals (FDP/PRD) Classical liberalism 12 11 -1
Social Democratic Party (SPS/PSS) Social democracy 9 11 +2
Swiss People's Party (SVP/UDC) National conservatism 7 5 -2
Green Party (GPS/PES) Green politics 2 2 ±0
Green Liberal Party (GLP/VL) Green liberalism 1 2 +1
Conservative Democratic Party (BDP/PBD) Conservatism / Economic liberalism 0 1 +1
Independent Independent 0 1 +1
Total 46 46
Source: http://www.politik-stat.ch/srw2011CH_de.html
Canton Seat 1 Party Seat 2 Party
ZHWappen Zürich matt.svg Zurich Felix Gutzwiller * FDP.The Liberals Verena Diener * Green Liberal Party
BEWappen Bern matt.svg Bern Werner Luginbühl * Conservative Democratic Party Hans Stöckli Social Democratic Party
LUWappen Luzern matt.svg Lucerne Konrad Graber * Christian Democratic People's Party Georges Theiler FDP.The Liberals
URWappen Uri matt.svg Uri Isidor Baumann Christian Democratic People's Party Markus Stadler * Green Liberal Party
SZWappen des Kantons Schwyz.svg Schwyz Alex Kuprecht * Swiss People's Party Peter Föhn Swiss People's Party
OWWappen Obwalden matt.svg Obwalden Hans Hess * FDP.The Liberals N/A
NWWappen Nidwalden matt.svg Nidwalden Paul Niederberger * Christian Democratic People's Party N/A
GLWappen Glarus matt.svg Glarus This Jenny * Swiss People's Party Pankraz Freitag * FDP.The Liberals
ZGWappen Zug matt.svg Zug Joachim Eder FDP.The Liberals Peter Bieri * Christian Democratic People's Party
FRWappen Freiburg matt.svg Fribourg Alain Berset * Social Democratic Party Urs Schwaller * Christian Democratic People's Party
SOWappen Solothurn matt.svg Solothurn Roberto Zanetti * Social Democratic Party Pirmin Bischof Christian Democratic People's Party
BSWappen Basel-Stadt matt.svg Basel-Stadt Anita Fetz * Social Democratic Party N/A
BLWappen Basel-Landschaft matt.svg Basel-Landschaft Claude Janiak Social Democratic Party N/A
SHWappen Schaffhausen matt.svg Schaffhausen Hannes Germann * Swiss People's Party Thomas Minder Independent
AIWappen Appenzell Innerrhoden matt.svg Appenzell Innerrhoden Ivo Bischofberger * Christian Democratic People's Party N/A
ARWappen Appenzell Ausserrhoden matt.svg Appenzell Ausserrhoden Hans Altherr * FDP.The Liberals N/A
SGWappen St. Gallen matt.svg St. Gallen Karin Keller-Sutter FDP.The Liberals Paul Rechsteiner Social Democratic Party
GRWappen Graubünden matt.svg Grisons Martin Schmid FDP.The Liberals Stefan Engler Christian Democratic People's Party
AGWappen Aargau matt.svg Aargau Pascale Bruderer Social Democratic Party Christine Egerszegi * FDP.The Liberals
TGWappen Thurgau matt.svg Thurgau Roland Eberle Swiss People's Party Brigitte Häberli-Koller Christian Democratic People's Party
TIWappen Tessin matt.svg Ticino Filippo Lombardi * Christian Democratic People's Party Fabio Abate FDP.The Liberals
VDWappen Waadt matt.svg Vaud Géraldine Savary * Social Democratic Party Luc Recordon * Green Party
VSWappen Wallis matt.svg Valais Jean-René Fournier * Christian Democratic People's Party René Imoberdorf * Christian Democratic People's Party
NEWappen Neuenburg matt.svg Neuchâtel Didier Berberat * Social Democratic Party Raphaël Comte * FDP.The Liberals
GEWappen Genf matt.svg Geneva Liliane Maury Pasquier * Social Democratic Party Robert Cramer * Green Party
JUWappen Jura matt.svg Jura Claude Hêche * Social Democratic Party Anne Seydoux-Christe * Christian Democratic People's Party
* indicates a candidate that was re-elected. Source: Federal Chancellery

Pre-election polls[edit]

Pollster Date SVP SPS FDP CVP GPS GLP BDP EVP EDU PdA LdT CSP oth.
gfs.bern[3] 1–8 October 2011 29.3 19.9 15.2 14.2 9.3 4.9 3.6 1.5 1.0 n.c. n.c. n.c. 1.1
Isopublic[4] 1–23 September 2011 28.2 20.3 15.7 14.2 9.8 5.2 3.2 n.c. n.c. n.c. n.c. n.c. 3.4
gfs.bern[5] 23 August – 3 September 2011 28.0 20.5 15.6 14.5 9.5 4.5 3.1 1.6 1.0 n.c. n.c. n.c. 1.7
demoscope.ch[6] 25 July – 6 August 2011 24.8 19.5 17.8 12.4 9.9 7.2 3.0 n.c. n.c. n.c. n.c. n.c. 5.4
gfs.bern[7] 25 July – 6 August 2011 27.4 18.5 16.1 15.0 10.1 4.6 2.9 1.7 1.7 n.c. n.c. n.c. 2.0
gfs.bern[8] 13–26 June 2011 27.5 18.9 15.0 13.4 10.0 5.2 3.0 2.4 1.3 n.c. n.c. n.c. 3.3
Isopublic[9] 8–18 June 2011 28.7 18.6 13.9 13.2 9.9 8.0 3.7 1.0 0.1 n.c. n.c. 0.2 1.8
gfs.bern[10] 4–16 April 2011 29.9 17.7 15.2 12.7 10.9 5.7 3.5 1.5 1.1 n.c n.c n.c 1.8
Isopublic[11] 17–26 March 2011 25.4 18.2 15.4 14.3 10.5 6.1 2.8 n.c n.c n.c n.c n.c 7.3
gfs.bern[12] 10–22 January 2011 29.8 18.0 17.7 12.9 8.8 5.2 2.6 2.2 1.5 n.c n.c n.c 1.4
Isopublic[13] 10–21 December 2010 26.0 19.1 17.1 13.8 9.1 3.2 4.5 1.4 1.2 0.5 n.c n.c 4.1
gfs.bern[14] 28 Sept. – 11 Oct. 2010 26.1 20.1 17.2 14.1 8.5 3.8 3.6 2.4 0.6 0.7 0.2 0.7 2.0
2007 federal election[15] 21 October 2007 28.9 19.5 17.7 14.5 9.6 1.4 2.4 1.3 0.7 0.6 0.4 2.9

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