Castilian-Leonese regional election, 2011
All 84 seats in the Cortes of Castile and León
43 seats needed for a majority
The 2011 Castilian-Leonese regional election was held on Sunday, 22 May 2011, to elect the 8th Cortes of the Autonomous Community of Castile and León. All 84 seats in the Cortes were up for election. The election was held simultaneously with regional elections in 12 other autonomous communities and local elections all throughout Spain.
The elections were won by the People's Party (pp), which had formed the government of the region since the second democratic election in 1987 and had won a majority of seats since the 1991 election. Both the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) and Leonese People's Union (UPL) lost seats, while United Left (IU) won its first seat since the 1999 election.
One of the first tasks of the Courts was to elect the President of Castile and León from among their number, with the incumbent President, Juan Vicente Herrera of the PP, being re-elected.
The number of seats in the regional Courts was determined by the population count. For the 2011 election, the Courts size was set to 84 seats. All Courts members were elected in 9 multi-member districts, corresponding to Castile and León's nine provinces, using the D'Hondt method and a closed-list proportional representation system. Each district was entitled to an initial minimum of 3 seats, with 1 additional seat per each 45,000 inhabitants or fraction greater than 22,500. For the 2011 election, seats were distributed as follows: Avila (7), Burgos (11), Leon (14), Palencia (7), Salamanca (11), Segovia (7), Soria (5), Valladolid (15) and Zamora (7).
Voting was on the basis of universal suffrage in a secret ballot. Only lists polling above 3% of valid votes in each district (which include blank ballots—for none of the above) were entitled to enter the seat distribution.
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.
|22 May 2011||Regional Election||51.6||29.7||4.9||1.9||3.3||8.6||21.9|
|26 Apr–3 May||TNS-Demoscopia||52.4||32.4||4.6||2.1||8.5||20.0|
|17 Mar–17 Apr||Ikerfel||51.5||32.8||4.3||2.0||2.1||7.3||18.7|
|7 Jun 2009||EP Election||51.7||38.2||2.3||N/A||3.7||4.1||13.5|
|9 Mar 2008||General Election||50.0||42.8||2.5||0.3||1.5||2.9||7.2|
|27 May 2007||Regional Election||49.2||37.7||3.1||2.7||7.3||11.5|
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. 43 seats were required for an absolute majority in the Courts of Castile and León.
|22 May 2011||Regional Election||53||29||1||1||0||0|
|26 Apr–3 May||TNS-Demoscopia||51−53||31−34||0−1||1||0||0|
|17 Mar–17 Apr||Ikerfel||50||32||1||1||0||0|
|27 May 2007||Regional Election||48||33||0||1||0|
|Parties and coalitions||Popular vote||Seats|
|People's Party (PP)||739,502||51.55||+2.38||53||+5|
|Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE)||425,777||29.68||–8.05||29||–4|
|United Left of Castile and León (IUCyL)||69,872||4.87||+1.79||1||+1|
|Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD)||47,040||3.28||New||0||±0|
|Leonese People's Union (UPL)||26,660||1.86||–0.87||1||–1|
|Parties with less than 1.0% of the vote||78,553||5.48||—||0||±0|
|Castilian Party (PCAS)||13,537||0.94||New||0||±0|
|The Party of Castile and León–Independent Candidacy (PCL–CI)||10,796||0.75||–0.33||0||±0|
|Anti-Bullfighting Party Against Mistreatment of Animals (PACMA)||5,368||0.37||New||0||±0|
|Social Alternative Movement (MASS)||4,777||0.33||New||0||±0|
|Leonese Autonomist Party–Leonesist Unity (PAL–UL)||3,925||0.27||–0.06||0||±0|
|Yes for Salamanca (UPSa–C's)||3,718||0.26||New||0||±0|
|Citizens for Blank Votes (CenB)||3,545||0.25||New||0||±0|
|Zamoran Independent Electors–Zamoran People's Union (ADEIZA–UPZ)||3,322||0.23||+0.02||0||±0|
|Greens of Salamanca (LV)||2,822||0.20||–0.17||0||±0|
|Initiative for the Development of Soria (IDES)||2,680||0.19||–0.06||0||±0|
|The Greens–Green Group (LV–GV)||2,619||0.18||New||0||±0|
|Party of El Bierzo||2,401||0.17||+0.08||0||±0|
|National Democracy (DN)||2,102||0.15||+0.05||0||±0|
|Citizens of Burgos (CiBu)||2,001||0.14||+0.06||0||±0|
|Regionalist Party of the Leonese Country (PREPAL)||1,965||0.14||+0.03||0||±0|
|Greens and Castilians Coalition (VyC)||1,553||0.11||New||0||±0|
|Spanish Falange of the JONS (FE–JONS)||1,522||0.11||+0.03||0||±0|
|Regionalist Unity of Castile and León (URCL)||1,428||0.10||+0.04||0||±0|
|Internationalist Solidarity and Self-Management (SAIn)||1,302||0.09||New||0||±0|
|Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain (PCPE)||1,254||0.09||+0.02||0||±0|
|Independents for San Andrés (IxSA)||859||0.06||New||0||±0|
|Merindades of Castile Initiative (IMC)||854||0.06||New||0||±0|
|Left Segovia (SdI)||760||0.05||New||0||±0|
|Regionalist Party of El Bierzo (PRB)||657||0.05||–0.02||0||±0|
|Humanist Party (PH)||529||0.04||+0.01||0||±0|
|Communist Unification of Spain (UCE)||492||0.03||New||0||±0|
|Family and Life Party (PFyV)||238||0.02||New||0||±0|
|Votes cast / turnout||1,462,397||67.50||–3.20|
|Source(s): Cortes of Castile and León, historiaelectoral.com|
- 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.