Dutch general election, 1952

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Dutch general election, 1952
Netherlands
← 1948 25 June 1952 1956 →

All 100 seats to the House of Representatives
51 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 95.0%
  First party Second party Third party
  Willem Drees Carl Romme Jan Schouten
Leader Willem Drees Carl Romme Jan Schouten
Party PvdA KVP ARP
Leader since 1946 1946 1945
Last election 27 seats, 25.6% 32 seats, 31.0% 13 seats, 13.1%
Seats won 30 30 12
Seat change Increase3 Decrease2 Decrease1
Popular vote 1,545,867 1,529,434 603,329
Percentage 29.0% 28.7% 11.3%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Hendrik Willem Tilanus Pieter Oud Paul de Groot
Leader Hendrik Tilanus Pieter Oud Paul de Groot
Party CHU VVD CPN
Leader since 1939 1948 1945
Last election 9 seats, 9.2% 8 seats, 8.0% 8 seats, 7.7%
Seats won 9 9 6
Seat change Steady Increase1 Decrease2
Popular vote 476,195 471,040 328,621
Percentage 8.9% 8.8% 6.2%

  Seventh party Eighth party
  Charles Welter Pieter Zandt
Leader Charles Welter Pieter Zandt
Party KNP SGP
Leader since 1948 1945
Last election 1 seat, 1.3% 2 seats, 2.4%
Seats won 2 2
Seat change Increase1 Steady
Popular vote 144,520 129,081
Percentage 2.7% 2.4%

Prime Minister before election

Willem Drees
PvdA

Prime Minister

Willem Drees
PvdA

General elections were held in the Netherlands on 25 June 1952.[1] The Catholic People's Party and the Labour Party both won 30 of the 100 seats in the House of Representatives.[2] It was the first time since 1913 that the Catholic People's Party and its predecessors had not received a plurality of the vote.[3]

The elections led to a continuation of the previous four-party government, consisting of Labour, the Catholic People's Party, People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and the Christian Historical Union. However, three months after the elections the VVD left the government and were replaced by the Anti-Revolutionary Party.

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Labour Party 1,545,867 29.0 30 +3
Catholic People's Party 1,529,508 28.7 30 –2
Anti-Revolutionary Party 603,329 11.3 12 –1
Christian Historical Union 476,195 8.9 9 0
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 471,040 8.8 9 +1
Communist Party of the Netherlands 328,621 6.2 6 –2
Catholic National Party 144,520 2.7 2 +1
Reformed Political Party 129,081 2.4 2 0
Reformed Political League 107,584 2.1 0 New
Middle Class Party 0 0
Party for Justice, Freedom and Welfare 0 New
Socialist Union 0 New
Young Conservative Union 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 165,981
Total 5,501,726 100 100 0
Registered voters/turnout 5,792,679 95.0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular Vote
PvdA
  
28.97%
KVP
  
28.67%
ARP
  
11.31%
CHU
  
8.92%
VVD
  
8.83%
CPN
  
6.16%
KNP
  
2.71%
SGP
  
2.42%
GPV
  
0.67%
Other
  
1.35%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1396 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1413
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, pp1402-1406