2014 European Parliament election in Portugal

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European Parliament election in Portugal, 2014

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All 21 Portuguese seats to the European Parliament
Turnout33.7% Decrease 3.1 pp
  First party Second party Third party
  FranciscoAssis.png MERCOSUL - Representação Brasileira no Parlamento do Mercosul (22371092998) (cropped).jpg João Ferreira, European Parliament 14-03-2018 (cropped).png
Leader Francisco Assis Paulo Rangel João Ferreira
Party PS AP CDU
Alliance S&D EPP GUE/NGL
Last election 7 seats, 26.6% 10 seats, 40.1%[1] 2 seats, 10.6%
Seats won 8 7[2] 3
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 3[3] Increase 1
Popular vote 1,034,249 910,647 416,925
Percentage 31.5% 27.7% 12.7%
Swing Increase 4.9 pp Decrease 12.4 pp Increase 2.0 pp

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  António Marinho e Pinto (entrevista com Rúben Branco) (cropped2).png Marisa Matias, SomosBibliotecas (cropped).png Rui Tavares, SomosBibliotecas (cropped).png
Leader Marinho e Pinto Marisa Matias Rui Tavares
Party Earth BE LIVRE
Alliance ALDE GUE/NGL Green
Last election 0 seats, 0.7% 3 seats, 10.7% new
Seats won 2 1 0
Seat change Increase 2 Decrease 2 new
Popular vote 234,788 149,764 71,495
Percentage 7.2% 4.6% 2.2%
Swing Increase 6.5 pp Decrease 6.2 pp new

The European Parliament election of 2014 in Portugal elected the Portuguese delegation to the European Parliament from 2014 to 2019. This was the seventh EP election held in Portugal. The elections were held on Sunday, 25 May 2014.

The Socialist Party (PS) was the winner of the elections, scoring 31.5% of the votes. The Socialists increased their share of vote by almost 5%, and won one more seat compared with 2009. However, the PS victory was much more weaker than what polls predicted, as the margin between them and the PSD/CDS coalition was below 4%. Because of this worse than expected result, the PS would enter in a leadership contest just weeks after the election.

The PSD/CDS contested the election in a coalition called "Portugal Alliance". The coalition achieved one of the worst results ever, as PSD+CDS never polled below 30%, but the weak result by the coalition was softened by the close margin between them and the Socialists.

The Democratic Unity Coalition (CDU) scored their best result since 1989, polling almost 13% of the vote and winning one more seat compared with 2009. On the other hand, the Left Bloc (BE) suffered a huge defeat by erasing their 2009 historic results. The BE won 4.6% of the votes, a drop of more than 6%, and was only able to elect their top candidate Marisa Matias, compared with the 3 seats they won in 2009.

The big surprise of the elections was the extraordinary result of the Earth Party (MPT). Headed by the former bar association chairman António Marinho e Pinto, MPT won 7.2% of the votes and was able to elect 2 members to the European Parliament. To add also, that LIVRE, headed by BE dissident Rui Tavares, wasn't able to win a seat, although scoring 2.2%.

Turnout fell to the lowest level ever, with only 33.7% of voters casting a ballot.

Electoral System[edit]

The voting method used, for the election of European members of parliament, is by proportional representation using the d'Hondt method, which is known to benefit leading parties. In the 2014 EU elections, Portugal had 21 seats to be filled. Deputies are elected in a single constituency, corresponding to the entire national territory.

Parties and candidates[edit]

The major parties that participated in the election, and their EP list leaders, were:

The Social Democratic Party and the People's Party have contested this election in a coalition.[4]

Opinion polling[edit]

Date released Polling Firm Sample size AP PS BE CDU MPT LIVRE Others Lead
25 May Election result 3,284,452 27.7
7 seats
31.5
8 seats
4.6
1 seat
12.7
3 seats
7.2
2 seat
2.2
0 seats
14.1
0 seats
3.8
25 May (20:00) Exit Poll – RTP1
Universidade Católica
25.0–29.0
6 / 8
30.0–34.0
7 / 9
5.0–7.0
1 / 2
12.0–15.0
3 / 4
7.0–8.0
1 / 2
5.0
25 May (20:00) Exit Poll – SIC
Eurosondagem
25.0–29.2
7 / 8
32.1–36.3
8 / 9
4.2–6.0
1
11.4–13.9
3
6.6–8.8
1 / 2
7.1
25 May (20:00) Exit Poll – CMTV
Aximage
26.0–30.0
7 / 8
32.0–37.0
8 / 10
4.0–7.0
1
10.0–14.0
3
5.0–9.0
1
6.0
7.0
Exit polls
14–22 May Aximage
Seat projection
1,507 30.1
7 / 9
36.4
9 / 10
5.8
1
11.4
2 / 3
3.4
0.6
12.3
6.3
14–20 May Eurosondagem
Seat projection
2,014 29.7
7 / 8
36.9
9 / 10
5.7
1
12.5
3
15.2
7.2
17–19 May Universidade Católica
Seat projection
2,085 30.0
7 / 9
34.0
8 / 10
5.0
1
12.0
2 / 4
3.0
0 / 1
2.0
14.0
4.0
14–18 May Pitagórica 505 29.1 36.6 5.5 9.4 5.6
13.8 7.5
7–14 May Aximage
Seat projection
1,027 30.2
7 / 8
37.8
9 / 11
6.3
2 / 2
8.8
1 / 3
4.3
0 / 1
0.8
11.8
7.6
14–22 Apr Eurosondagem
Seat projection
1,533 32.5
8
37.5
9 / 10
5.5
1
10.9
2 / 3
13.6
5.0
9–12 Apr Aximage 613 33.2 40.9 4.9 10.8
10.2 7.7
25–29 Mar Pitagórica[5] 506 33.4 37.3 6.4 9.8
13.1 3.9
13–19 Mar Eurosondagem
Seat projection
1,525 32.1
8
36.9
9
6.6
1
11.9
3
12.5
4.8
8–13 Mar Aximage
Seat projection
755 37.4
9
39.9
9
6.6
1
8.2
2
7.9
2.5
24 Feb–1 Mar Pitagórica[6] 506 35.4 32.2 7.3 11.5
13.6 3.2
20–24 Jan Pitagórica[7] 506 34.2 30.4 9.0 10.8
15.6 3.8
7–10 Jan Aximage 601 37.1 35.5 6.9 9.2
11.3 1.6
2014
7 June 2009 Election Results 3,568,943 40.11
10 seats
26.5
7 seats
10.7
3 seats
10.6
2 seats
0.7
0 seats
11.4
0 seats
13.6
1 Sum of votes and seats of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and of the People's Party (CDS–PP).

National summary of votes and seats[edit]

The first most voted party in each district (Azores and Madeira included)
e • d Summary of the results of Portugal's 25 May 2014 election to the European Parliament
← 200920142019 →
National party European party Main candidate Votes % +/– Seats +/–
Socialist Party (PS) PES Francisco Assis 1,034,249 31.49 4.96 Increase 8 1 Increase
Portugal Alliance (AP)
Social Democratic Party (PSD)
People's Party (CDS–PP)
EPP Paulo Rangel 910,647 27.73 [8] 7
6
1

2 Decrease
1 Decrease
Unitary Democratic Coalition (CDU)
Communist Party (PCP)
Ecologist Party (PEV)
EGP / PEL João Ferreira 416,925 12.69 2.05 Increase 3
3
0

1 Increase
0 Steady
Earth Party (MPT) ALDE Marinho e Pinto 234,788 7.15 6.48 Increase 2 2 Increase
Left Bloc (B.E.) PEL / EACL Marisa Matias 149,764 4.56 6.16 Decrease 1 2 Decrease
LIVRE (L) Rui Tavares 71,495 2.18 new 0 new
Party for Animals and Nature (PAN) EUL-NGL Orlando Figueiredo 56,431 1.72 new 0 new
Workers' Communist Party (PCTP/MRPP) None Leopoldo Mesquita 54,708 1.67 0.47 Increase 0 0 Steady
New Democracy Party (PND) EUD Eduardo Welsh 23,082 0.70 new 0 new
Portuguese Labour Party (PTP) None José Manuel Coelho 22,542 0.69 new 0 new
People's Monarchist Party (PPM) None Nuno Correia da Silva 17,785 0.54 0.14 Increase 0 0 Steady
National Renovator Party (P.N.R.) None Humberto Oliveira 14,887 0.45 0.08 Increase 0 0 Steady
Socialist Alternative Movement (MAS) None Gil Garcia 12,497 0.38 new 0 new
Portugal Pro-Life (PPV) None Acácio Valente 12,008 0.37 new 0 new
Democratic Party of the Atlantic (PDA) None Paulo Casaca 5,298 0.16 new 0 new
Workers Party of Socialist Unity (POUS) None Carmelinda Pereira 3,666 0.11 0.04 Decrease 0 0 Steady
Valid votes 3,040,771 92.58
Blank and invalid votes 243,681 7.42
Totals 3,284,452 100.00 21 1 Decrease
Electorate (eligible voters) and voter turnout 9,753,568 33.67 3.11 Decrease
Source: Comissão Nacional de Eleições
Vote share
PS
31.49%
AP
27.73%
CDU
12.69%
MPT
7.15%
BE
4.56%
L
2.18%
PAN
1.72%
PCTP/MRPP
1.67%
PND
0.70%
PTP
0.69%
PPM
0.54%
Others
1.46%
Blank/Invalid
7.42%

Distribution by European group[edit]

Summary of political group distribution in the 8th European Parliament (2014–2019) [9]
Groups Parties Seats Total %
Party of European Socialists (PES)

8 8 38.10
European People's Party (EPP)

6
1
7 33.33
European United Left–Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL)

3
1
4 19.05
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)

2 2 9.52
Total 21 21 100.00

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ PSD: 31.7%, 8 seats; CDS-PP: 8.4%, 2 seats.
  2. ^ PSD: 6; CDS-PP: 1
  3. ^ PSD: Decrease 2; CDS-PP: Decrease 1
  4. ^ Coligação alargada às europeias, Expresso, 5 July 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  5. ^ Results presented here exclude undecideds (42.6%). With their inclusion results are: PSD/CDS-PP: 19.2%; PS: 21.4%; BE: 3.7%; CDU: 5.6%; Others: 7.5%.
  6. ^ Results presented here exclude undecideds (36.7%). With their inclusion results are: PSD/CDS-PP: 22.4%; PS: 20.4%; BE: 4.6%; CDU: 7.3%; Others: 8.6%.
  7. ^ Results presented here exclude undecideds (38.8%). With their inclusion results are: PSD/CDS-PP: 20.9%; PS: 18.6%; BE: 4.7%; CDU: 6.6%; Others: 9.6%.
  8. ^ The Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the People's Party (CDS–PP) contested separately the 2009 election.
  9. ^ "Elecciones al Parlamento Europeo: Resultados por países 1979 - 2014". historiaelectoral.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 November 2017.

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