Dutch general election, 1981

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Dutch general election, 1981
Netherlands
← 1977 26 May 1981 1982 →

All 150 seats to the House of Representatives
76 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 87.0%
  First party Second party Third party
  Dries van Agt Joop den Uyl Hans Wiegel
Leader Dries van Agt Joop den Uyl Hans Wiegel
Party CDA PvdA VVD
Leader since 1976 1966 1971
Last election 49 seats, 31.9% 53 seats, 33.8% 28 seats, 17.9%
Seats won 48 44 26
Seat change Decrease1 Decrease9 Decrease2
Popular vote 2,677,259 2,458,452 1,505,311
Percentage 30.8% 28.3% 17.3%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Jan Terlouw Fred van der Spek Marcus Bakker
Leader Jan Terlouw Fred van der Spek Marcus Bakker
Party D66 PSP CPN
Leader since 1973 1978 1963
Last election 8 seats, 5.4% 1 seats, 0.9% 2 seats, 1.7%
Seats won 17 3 3
Seat change Increase9 Increase2 Increase1
Popular vote 961,121 184,422 178,292
Percentage 11.1% 2.1% 2.1%

  Seventh party Eighth party Ninth party
  Henk van Rossum Ria Beckers Meindert Leerling
Leader Henk van Rossum Ria Beckers Meindert Leerling
Party SGP PPR RPF
Leader since 1981 1977 1980
Last election 3 seats, 2.1% 3 seats, 1.7% 0 seats, 0.6%
Seats won 3 3 2
Seat change Steady0 Steady0 Increase2
Popular vote 171,324 171,042 108,364
Percentage 2.0% 2.0% 1.2%

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Prime Minister before election

Dries van Agt
CDA

Prime Minister

Dries van Agt
CDA

General elections were held in the Netherlands on 26 May 1981.[1] The Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) emerged as the largest party, winning 48 of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives.[2]

The incumbent Christian Democratic Appeal-People's Party for Freedom and Democracy coalition lost its overall majority leading to a new coalition being formed between the CDA, the Labour Party (PvdA) and Democrats 66, with the CDA's Dries van Agt continuing as Prime Minister. However due to disagreements between the CDA and PvdA on government spending the coalition collapsed after just a year, leading to fresh elections.

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Christian Democratic Appeal 2,677,259 30.8 48 –1
Labour Party 2,458,452 28.3 44 –9
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 1,505,311 17.3 26 –2
Democrats 66 961,121 11.1 17 +9
Pacifist Socialist Party 184,422 2.1 3 +2
Communist Party of the Netherlands 178,292 2.1 3 +1
Reformed Political Party 171,324 2.0 3 0
Political Party of Radicals 171,042 2.0 3 0
Reformatory Political Federation 108,364 1.2 2 +2
Reformed Political League 70,878 0.8 1 0
Centre Party 204,372 2.4 0 New
Democratic Socialists '70 0 –1
The Peace Party 0 New
Evangelical People's Party 0 New
God with Us 0 New
International Communist League 0 New
Small Party 0 New
Livable Netherlands 0 New
Nederlandse Evoluie Partij 0 New
Dutch Peoples-Union 0 0
Party for the Liquidation of the Netherlands 0 New
Partij Van Rijksgenoten 0 New
Realists '81 0 New
Roman Catholic Party of the Netherlands 0 0
Right-wing People's Party 0 –1
Survive Together or Die 0 New
Socialist Party 0 0
Verbond tegen Ambtelijke Willekeur 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 47,401
Total 8,738,238 100 150 0
Registered voters/turnout 10,040,121 87.0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular Vote
CDA
  
30.81%
PvdA
  
28.29%
VVD
  
17.32%
D66
  
11.06%
PSP
  
2.12%
CPN
  
2.05%
SGP
  
1.97%
PPR
  
1.97%
RPF
  
1.25%
GPV
  
0.82%
DS70
  
0.56%
Other
  
1.79%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1396 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1414