Canarian parliamentary election, 2011

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Canarian parliamentary election, 2011
Canary Islands
2007 ←
22 May 2011 → 2015

All 60 seats in the Parliament of Canarias
31 seats needed for a majority
Registered 1,580,359 Increase2.8%
Turnout 931,010 (58.9%)
Decrease2.3 pp
  First party Second party Third party
  José Manuel Soria 2015b (cropped).jpg Paulino Rivero.jpg Male portrait placeholder cropped.jpg
Leader José Manuel Soria Paulino Rivero José Miguel Pérez García
Leader since 16 July 1999 3 February 2007 20 March 2010
Last election 15 seats, 24.0% 19 seats, 29.2%[a] 26 seats, 34.5%
Seats won 21 21 15
Seat change Increase6 Increase2 Decrease11
Popular vote 289,381 225,948 190,028
Percentage 31.9% 24.9% 21.0%
Swing Increase7.9 pp Decrease4.3 pp Decrease13.5 pp

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Island-level units won by PP (blue), CC (yellow) and PSOE (red)

President before election

Paulino Rivero

Elected President

Paulino Rivero

The 2011 Canarian parliamentary election was held on Sunday, 22 May 2011, to elect the 8th Canarian Parliament, the unicameral regional legislature of the Spanish autonomous community of the Canary Islands. At stake were all 60 seats in the Parliament, determining the President of the Canary Islands.

Electoral system[edit]

The 60 members of the Canarian Parliament were elected in 7 multi-member districts using the D'Hondt method and a closed-list proportional representation system. Unlike other regions, districts did not coincide with provincial limits, being determined by law for each of the main islands to become a district of its own. The electoral system came regulated under the Autonomous Statute of Autonomy. Each district was assigned a fixed set of seats, distributed as follows: El Hierro (3), Fuerteventura (7), Gran Canaria (15), La Gomera (4), La Palma (8), Lanzarote (8) and Tenerife (15).

Voting was on the basis of universal suffrage in a secret ballot. Only lists polling above 30% of the total vote in each district or above 6% in all of the community (which include blank ballots—for none of the above) were entitled to enter the seat distribution.[1]

Opinion polls[edit]


Poll results are listed in the table below in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first. 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. Poll results use the date the survey's fieldwork was done, as opposed to the date of publication. However, if such date is unknown, the date of publication will be given instead.

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. 31 seats were required for an absolute majority in the Parliament of Canarias.



Summary of the 22 May 2011 Canarian Parliament election results
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Party Vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
People's Party (PP) 289,381 31.94 Increase7.90 21 Increase6
Canarian Coalition-Nationalist Party-Canarian Centre (CC-PNC-CCN)[a] 225,948 24.94 Decrease4.22 21 Increase2
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 190,028 20.98 Decrease13.53 15 Decrease11
New Canaries (NCa) 82,148 9.07 Increase3.64 3 Increase3
Citizen Alternative Yes it Can Be Done (ACSSP) 19,020 2.10 Increase1.58 0 ±0
The Greens (LV) 18,831 2.08 Increase0.18 0 ±0
Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD) 9,069 1.00 New 0 ±0
Commitment for Gran Canaria (CGC) 7,382 0.81 Decrease0.10 0 ±0
Canarian United Left (IUC) 6,818 0.75 Increase0.05 0 ±0
Canarian Nationalist Alternative (ANC) 6,494 0.72 Increase0.45 0 ±0
Common Sense in Canarias (SCC) 4,761 0.53 New 0 ±0
Majoreran Progresist Party (PPMAJO) 4,334 0.48 New 0 ±0
Canarian Patriotic Movement (MPC) 2,750 0.30 New 0 ±0
Anti-Bullfighting Party Against Mistreatment of Animals (PACMA) 2,715 0.30 New 0 ±0
Communist Party of the Canarian People (PCPC-PCPE) 2,368 0.26 Increase0.12 0 ±0
Public Employed and Services Party (PSyEP) 1,993 0.22 New 0 ±0
For a Fairer World (PUM+J) 1,442 0.16 New 0 ±0
Canarian People's Unity Movement (MUPC) 1,268 0.14 Increase0.08 0 ±0
Humanist Party (PH) 1,246 0.14 Increase0.06 0 ±0
Unity of the People (UP) 1,133 0.13 Decrease0.03 0 ±0
Liberal Democratic Centre (CDL) 1,018 0.11 New 0 ±0
Canarian Social Democratic Centre (CSDC) 361 0.04 New 0 ±0
National Democracy (DN) 314 0.03 ±0.00 0 ±0
Communist Unification of Spain (UCE) 120 0.01 New 0 ±0
Blank ballots 25,017 2.76 Increase1.34
Total 905,959 100.00 60 ±0
Valid votes 905,959 97.31 Decrease2.12
Invalid votes 25,051 2.69 Increase2.12
Votes cast / turnout 931,010 58.91 Decrease2.30
Abstentions 649,349 41.09 Increase2.30
Registered voters 1,580,359
Source: Argos Information Portal
Vote share
Blank ballots
Parliamentary seats


  1. ^ a b Canarian Coalition results are compared to the Canarian Coalition and Nationalist Canarian Centre totals in the 2007 election.
  2. ^ This survey shows its poll results 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 surveys, a rule of three has been applied to the survey projections, with the results of the calculation being shown instead.
  3. ^ This poll provides data ranges and/or approximations. In order to simplify, the average of these data is given.