Spanish NATO membership referendum, 1986

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Spanish NATO membership referendum
In your view, should Spain continue to be a member of the Atlantic Alliance subject to the terms agreed by the national Government?
Location Spain
Date 12 March 1986
Results
Votes  %
YesY Yes 9,054,509 56.85%
N No 6,872,421 43.15%
Valid votes 15,926,930 92.35%
Invalid or blank votes 1,319,522 7.65%
Total votes 17,246,452 100.00%
Registered voters/turnout 29,024,494 59.42%
Results by provinces
SpainProvinceMapR1986.png
  YesY Yes —   N No
On the map, the darker shades for a colour indicate a larger margin.

Spain joined NATO in 1982. A referendum on remaining a member of NATO was held on 12 March 1986.[1] The proposal was approved by 56.9% of voters.[2]

Results[edit]

Question:
In your view, should Spain continue to be a member of the Atlantic Alliance subject to the terms agreed by the national Government?[3]

Most voted choice by autonomous communities and provinces.
Summary of the 12 March 1986 referendum results
Choice Votes  %
YesY Yes 9,054,509 56.85
N No 6,872,421 43.15
Total 15,926,930 100.00
Valid votes 15,926,930 92.35
Invalid or blank votes 1,319,522 7.65
Votes cast / turnout 17,246,452 59.42
Abstentions 11,778,042 40.58
Registered voters 29,024,494
Source: Ministry of the Interior
Popular vote
YesY Yes
  
56.85%
N No
  
43.15%

Results by region[edit]

Region Electorate Turnout YesY Yes N No
Votes  % Votes  %
Andalusia 4,810,221 61.55 1,868,623 67.38 904,635 32.62
Aragon 952,361 60.17 318,640 61.72 197,608 38.28
Asturias 907,599 56.36 273,074 57.28 203,622 42.72
Balearic Islands 524,710 52.03 151,881 61.11 96,663 38.89
Basque Country 1,644,108 65.41 336,518 32.45 700,539 67.55
Canary Islands 1,003,385 55.39 242,015 46.31 280,639 53.69
Cantabria 402,339 59.64 140,251 63.96 79,031 36.04
Castile-La Mancha 1,283,563 58.30 451,729 68.42 208,484 31.58
Castile and León 2,071,409 56.44 627,633 61.54 392,251 38.46
Catalonia 4,614,731 62.80 1,263,416 46.28 1,466,639 53.72
Extremadura 823,281 61.96 305,219 65.79 158,723 34.21
Galicia 2,220,686 38.51 465,103 59.10 321,809 40.90
La Rioja 202,523 59.97 69,405 63.92 39,174 36.08
Madrid 3,591,044 60.91 1,135,636 56.77 864,700 43.23
Murcia 723,287 61.39 254,572 62.08 155,469 37.92
Navarre 396,841 62.64 99,815 43.28 130,828 56.72
Valencian Community 2,776,354 66.33 1,027,648 60.73 664,465 39.27
Total 29,024,494 59.42 9,054,509 56.85 6,872,421 43.15

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1817 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1824
  3. ^ http://www.cvce.eu/content/publication/2010/4/28/831ba342-0a7c-4ead-b35f-80fd52b01de9/publishable_en.pdf

Further reading[edit]

  • Lawrence Leduc, The Politics of Direct Democracy. Referendums in Global Perspective (Broadview Press, 2003), p. 82.
  • Anthony Gooch, 'A Surrealistic Referendum: Spain and NATO', Government and Opposition 21(3), pp. 300–16.