Cantabrian parliamentary election, 2011

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Cantabrian parliamentary election, 2011
2007 ←
22 May 2011 → 2015

All 39 seats in the Parliament of Cantabria
20 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Registered 494,955 Increase1.9%
Turnout 345,439 (69.8%)
Decrease2.2 pp
  First party Second party Third party
  Ignacio Diego (cropped).jpg Miguel Ángel Revilla (cropped).jpg Female portrait placeholder cropped.jpg
Leader Ignacio Diego Miguel Ángel Revilla Dolores Gorostiaga
Leader since 13 November 2004 1983 16 December 2000
Last election 17 seats, 41.5% 12 seats, 28.6% 10 seats, 24.5%
Seats won 20 12 7
Seat change Increase3 ±0 Decrease3
Popular vote 156,499 98,887 55,541
Percentage 46.1% 29.1% 16.4%
Swing Increase4.6 pp Increase0.5 pp Decrease8.1 pp

President before election

Miguel Ángel Revilla

Elected President

Ignacio Diego

The 2011 Cantabrian parliamentary election was held on Sunday, 22 May 2011, to elect the 8th Parliament of Cantabria, the regional legislature of the Spanish autonomous community of Cantabria. At stake were all 39 seats in the Parliament, determining the President of Cantabria.

The Regionalist Party of Cantabria (PRC) and the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) had formed the government of the region since the 2003 election.[1] However, the election was won by the People's Party (PP) which gained three seats from the PSOE. This was the first absolute majority of seats won by the PP, although its predecessor, the People's Alliance achieved the same feat at the 1983 election under the banner of the People's Coalition.

Electoral system[edit]

The number of seats in the Parliament of Cantabria was set to a fixed-number of 39. All Parliament members were elected in a single multi-member district, consisting of the Community's territory (the province of Cantabria), using the D'Hondt method and a closed-list proportional representation system.

Voting was on the basis of universal suffrage in a secret ballot. Only lists polling above 5% of valid votes in all of the community (which include blank ballots—for none of the above) were entitled to enter the seat distribution.[2]

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. 20 seats were required for an absolute majority in the Parliament of Cantabria.


Summary of the 22 May 2011 Cantabrian Parliament election results
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Party Vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
People's Party (PP) 156,499 46.09 Increase4.61 20 Increase3
Regionalist Party of Cantabria (PRC) 98,887 29.12 Increase0.48 12 ±0
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 55,541 16.36 Decrease8.18 7 Decrease3
Ecologist and Social Left (IU-IA) 11,277 3.32 Increase1.44 0 ±0
Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD) 5,835 1.72 New 0 ±0
National Front-Republican Social Movement (MSR) 1,257 0.37 New 0 ±0
Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain (PCPE) 1,108 0.33 Increase0.12 0 ±0
Engine and Sports Alternative (AMD) 916 0.27 Increase0.15 0 ±0
Internationalist Solidarity and Self-Management (SAIn) 517 0.15 New 0 ±0
Liberal Democratic Centre (CDL) 387 0.11 Decrease0.08 0 ±0
Blank ballots 7,328 2.16 Increase0.45
Total 339,552 100.00 39 ±0
Valid votes 339,552 98.30 Decrease0.76
Invalid votes 5,887 1.70 Increase0.76
Votes cast / turnout 345,439 69.79 Decrease2.18
Abstentions 149,516 30.21 Increase2.18
Registered voters 494,955
Source: Argos Information Portal
Vote share
Blank ballots
Parliamentary seats