Catalan parliamentary election, 2010

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Catalan parliamentary election, 2010
2006 ←
28 November 2010 → 2012

All 135 seats in the Parliament of Catalonia
68 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Registered 5,363,688 Increase0.8%
Turnout 3,152,630 (58.8%)
Increase2.8 pp
  First party Second party Third party
  Artur Mas 2011 (cropped).jpg José Montilla 2008 (cropped).jpg Alicia Sánchez-Camacho 2010 (cropped).jpg
Leader Artur Mas José Montilla Alicia Sánchez-Camacho
Leader since 7 January 2002 15 July 2006 6 July 2008
Last election 48 seats, 31.5% 37 seats, 26.8% 14 seats, 10.7%
Seats won 62 28 18
Seat change Increase14 Decrease9 Increase4
Popular vote 1,202,830 575,233 387,066
Percentage 38.4% 18.4% 12.4%
Swing Increase6.9 pp Decrease8.4 pp Increase1.7 pp

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Joan Herrera 2010 (cropped).jpg Joan Puigcercós 2010 (cropped).jpg Albert Rivera 2015.jpg
Leader Joan Herrera Joan Puigcercós Albert Rivera
Party ICV-EUiA ERC C's
Leader since 23 November 2008 7 June 2008 9 July 2006
Last election 12 seats, 9.5% 21 seats, 14.0% 3 seats, 3.0%
Seats won 10 10 3
Seat change Decrease2 Decrease11 Steady0
Popular vote 230,824 219,173 106,154
Percentage 7.4% 7.0% 3.4%
Swing Decrease2.1 pp Decrease7.0 pp Increase0.4 pp

Resultats Eleccions al Parlament de Catalunya 2010-V2.svg

On the left: Winning party map for each municipality.
  CiU hold
  CiU gain
  PSC hold
  ERC hold
  ERC gain
On the right: Map showing the winning party in each comarque and the distribution of seats in every election boundary.
  CiU (less >5%)

President before election

José Montilla

Elected President

Artur Mas

The 2010 Catalan parliamentary election was held on Sunday, 28 November 2010, to elect the 9th Parliament of Catalonia, the regional legislature of the Spanish autonomous community of Catalonia. At stake were all 135 seats in the Parliament, determining the President of Catalonia.

The election resulted in the ousting of the Catalan tripartite coalition, composed of the Socialists' Party of Catalonia (PSC), Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) and Initiative for Catalonia Greens (ICV) from the Catalan government and the return to power of Convergence and Union (CiU) after 7 years in opposition.

Artur Mas was sworn in as President of the Generalitat of Catalonia and was able to govern with confidence and supply support from the People's Party of Catalonia (PPC) until Mas' independentist drift in late-2012.

Electoral system[edit]

The 135 members of the Parliament of Catalonia were elected in 4 multi-member districts, corresponding to Catalonia's four provinces, using the D'Hondt method and a closed-list proportional representation. As the community did not have an electoral law of its own passed into law at the time of the 2010 election, the electoral system came regulated under the community's Statute of Autonomy rules, and subsidiarily, under the Spanish general electoral law (Organic Law 5/1985, of the General Electoral Regime). As a result of the lack of an autonomous electoral law, seats were allocated to districts through specific Laws or Decrees for each election. For the 2010 election, seats were distributed as follows: Barcelona (85), Girona (17), Lleida (15) and Tarragona (18).

Voting was on the basis of universal suffrage in a secret ballot. Only lists polling above 3% of valid votes in each district (which includes blank ballots—for none of the above) were entitled to enter the seat distribution.[1][2]

Opinion polls[edit]


Poll results are listed in the table below in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first, and using the date the survey's fieldwork was done, as opposed to the date of publication. If such date is unknown, the date of publication is given instead. 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. When a specific poll does not show a data figure for a party, the party's cell corresponding to that poll is shown empty.

Seat projections[edit]

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. 68 seats were required for an absolute majority in the Parliament of Catalonia.

Voting preferences[edit]

Vote intention[edit]

Polls shown below show the recording of raw responses for each party as a percentage of total responses before disregarding those who opted to abstain and prior to the adjusting for the likely votes of those who were undecided to obtain an estimate of vote share. 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.



Summary of the 28 November 2010 Catalan Parliament election results
Parliament of Catalonia election, 2010 results.svg
Party Vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
Convergence and Union (CiU) 1,202,830 38.43 Increase6.91 62 Increase14
Socialists' Party of Catalonia (PSC-PSOE) 575,233 18.38 Decrease8.44 28 Decrease9
People's Party of Catalonia (PPC) 387,066 12.37 Increase1.72 18 Increase4
Initiative for Catalonia Greens-United and Alternative Left (ICV-EUiA) 230,824 7.37 Decrease2.15 10 Decrease2
Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) 219,173 7.00 Decrease7.03 10 Decrease11
Citizens-Party of the Citizenry (C's) 106,154 3.39 Increase0.36 3 ±0
Catalan Solidarity for Independence (SI) 102,921 3.29 New 4 Increase4
Platform for Catalonia (PxC) 75,134 2.40 New 0 ±0
Independence Rally ( 39,834 1.27 New 0 ±0
Blank Seats-Citizens for Blank Votes (Eb-CenB) 18,679 0.60 Increase0.58 0 ±0
The Greens-European Green Group (EV-GVE) 15,784 0.50 New 0 ±0
Anti-Bullfighting Party Against Mistreatment of Animals (PACMA) 14,238 0.45 Decrease0.01 0 ±0
From Below (Des de Baix) 7,189 0.23 New 0 ±0
Independent Reus Coordinator (CORI) 6,990 0.22 New 0 ±0
Pirates of Catalonia ( 6,451 0.21 New 0 ±0
Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD) 5,418 0.17 New 0 ±0
Pensioners in Action Party (PDLPEA) 3,330 0.11 New 0 ±0
Communist Party of the People of Catalonia (PCPC-PCPE) 3,028 0.10 Decrease0.08 0 ±0
Blank ballots 91,631 2.93 Increase0.90
Total 3,130,276 100.00 135 ±0
Valid votes 3,130,276 99.29 Decrease0.25
Invalid votes 22,354 0.71 Increase0.25
Votes cast / turnout 3,152,630 58.78 Increase2.74
Abstentions 2,211,058 41.22 Decrease2.74
Registered voters 5,363,688
Vote share
Blank ballots
Parliamentary seats

Results by province[edit]



Investiture voting[edit]

1st round: 21 December 2010
Investiture voting for Artur Mas i Gavarró (CiU)

Absolute majority: 68/135
Vote Parties Votes
Yes CiU (62)
62 / 135
N No PSC (28), PP (18), ICV (10), ERC (10), SI (4), C's (3)
73 / 135
0 / 135
2nd round: 23 December 2010
Investiture voting for Artur Mas i Gavarró (CiU)

Simple majority
Vote Parties Votes
YesY Yes CiU (62)
62 / 135
No PP (18), ICV (10), ERC (10), SI (4), C's (3)
45 / 135
Abstentions PSC (28)
28 / 135
Source: Historia Electoral


  1. ^ a b c d Poll results are shown 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 polls, a rule of three has been applied to the poll projections, with the results of the calculation being shown instead.


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