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Catalan Parliament election, 2006

Catalonian parliamentary election, 2006
Catalonia
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width="" colspan = 4 style="text-align: center" | All 135 seats in the Parliament
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Artur Mas i Gavarró José Montilla i Aguilera Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira
Party CiU PSC-PSOE ERC
Leader since December 2, 2001 June 18, 2000 November 25, 1996
Last election 46 42 23
Seats won 48 37 21
Seat change Increase 2 Decrease 5 Decrease 2
Popular vote 935,756 796,173 416,355
Percentage 31.5% 26.8% 14.0%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Leader Josep Piqué i Camps Joan Saura i Laporta Albert Rivera Díaz
Party PPC ICV-EUiA C's
Leader since September 4, 2003 November 26, 2000 July 9, 2006
Last election 15 9 new party
Seats won 14 12 3
Seat change Decrease 1 Increase 3 Increase 3
Popular vote 316,222 282,693 89,840
Percentage 10.7% 9.5% 3.0%
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width="" colspan=4 style="text-align: center" | Graphic of the results in the Catalan Parliament election, 2006, based in constituencies.
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President of the
Generalitat de Catalunya
before election

Pasqual Maragall i Mira
PSC-PSOE

Elected President of the
Generalitat de Catalunya

José Montilla i Aguilera
PSC-PSOE

Elections to the Parliament of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, Spain, were held on November 1, 2006.

Background

The November 2006 Catalan parliament election was an early one (the original election date was due for the Fall of 2007, roughly one year after the actual early election took place). This was mostly a result of the uneasy and controversial redaction of the Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia amended text, which has further expanded the authority of the Catalan Government ever since it was passed in June 2006.

The Statute amendment was approved in a referendum on June 18, 2006 in which 73.24% of voters were in favour of the new Statute, 20.57% of the votes were against. This referendum was noted for its huge abstention: only 48.85% of the electorate participated in it.

Since the 2003 elections a coalition of three left-wing parties, Socialists' Party of Catalonia (PSC), Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) and Initiative for Catalonia Greens-United and Alternative Left (ICV-EUiA) had been in power, with Pasqual Maragall i Mira as President. However, in May 2006 ERC, following internal tensions, left the coalition due to its disagreement on the final draft of the Statute of Autonomy which themselves had partially redacted, thus leaving Maragall without a majority and forcing him to call for this early election. On June 21, 2006 Maragall announced his intention to personally step down at the upcoming election, arguably due to the political erosion his government had suffered after an uneasy relationship with ERC.

Besides the issue of Catalan nationalism, the main issues of the campaign were taxes, social security, housing and immigration.

Unlike the previous 2003 elections, when Convergence and Union (CiU) achieved a plurality of seats in the autonomous Parliament but did not get the highest number of votes (PSC achieved a narrow lead in votes, the discrepancy between votes number and seats being explained by the electoral law) in this occasion CiU won the elections both in seats and votes numbers. Still those weren't enough to have an absolute majority. Then, after coalition negotiations, the PSC, ERC and ICV-EUiA agreed to renew the three-party coalition that had been in power, which made PSC's leader José Montilla President.

This elections saw a new party (Ciutadans - Partido de la Ciudadanía) entering the autonomous parliament, which has increased the already high diversity of this parliament from five political parties with representation to now six, which contrasts with the increasingly bipartisan Spanish -and European in general- politic scenario.

Parties

  • Citizens' Party (Ciutadans - Partido de la Ciudadanía). Presidential candidate: Albert Rivera. Social democratic, social liberalist and non nationalist party.

Opinion polls

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 but both are displayed in bold. 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 are included below the % estimation where available. "–" denotes no individual figure.

68 seats needed for a majority
Polling Firm Date Link PSC CiU ERC PPC ICV-EUiA Others Lead
Election Results November 1, 2006 HTML 26.8%
37
31.5%
48
14.0%
21
10.7%
14
9.5%
12
7.5%
3
4.7%
Exit polls
GESOP October 19–21 HTML 29.0%
39–41
32.0%
47–49
13.2%
19–20
11.3%
14–15
10.5%
12–13
4.0%
0
3.0%
Noxa October 5–9 HTML 29.0%
38–40
35.5%
52–54
12.1%
16–18
10.5%
13
10.4%
12–13
2.5%
0
6.5%
GESOP October 5–7 HTML 29.9%
40–41
34.9%
52–53
12.4%
18–19
10.1%
12–13
9.1%
10–11
3.6%
0
5.0%
Noxa September 18–21 HTML 29.3%
40
33.4%
50–51
13.8%
19–20
10.4%
13
9.5%
12
3.6%
0
4.1%
GESOP September 14–16 HTML 29.5%
40–41
34.5%
51–52
13.3%
19–20
10.5%
13–14
9.0%
10–11
3.2%
0
5.0%
Noxa July 17–19 HTML 32.4%
44
34.2%
51
12.3%
17
10.9%
13
8.3%
10
1.9%
0
1.8%
GESOP June 6–7 HTML 31.0% 35.0% 13.0% 10.5% 7.0% 3.5% 4.0%
GESOP May 15–16 HTML 32.0% 32.0% 15.0% 10.0% 8.0% 3.0% 0.0%
GESOP April 17–19 HTML 31.0%
42
32.0%
48–49
16.0%
22–23
10.3%
13
7.4%
8–9
3.3%
0
1.0%
Noxa March 27–30 HTML 35.0%
47–48
31.1%
45–46
16.5%
22–23
8.4%
10–11
6.6%
8–9
2.4%
0
3.9%
GESOP February 2–4 HTML 30.7% 31.5% 14.8% 12.9% 7.5% 2.6% 0.8%
2006
Noxa December 12–15 HTML 31.7%
42–44
32.8%
47–48
16.3%
23–24
9.6%
11–13
8.9%
10
0.7%
0
1.1%
Noxa October 3–6 HTML 32.5%
44
29.2%
43
16.0%
23
12.7%
15
8.9%
10
0.7%
0
3.3%
GESOP October 3–5 HTML 32.0% 32.0% 15.3% 10.8% 7.5% 2.4% 0.0%
Noxa July 18–21 HTML 33.5%
46
28.9%
41
16.3%
22
12.9%
18
7.2%
8
1.2%
0
4.6%
GESOP June 30–July 3 HTML 31.5% 31.5% 15.5% 11.3% 7.5% 2.7% 0.0%
GESOP April 20–22 HTML 30.3% 30.3% 16.2% 12.6% 7.8% 2.8% 0.0%
Noxa March 7–10 HTML 34.2%
45–47
29.2%
43–44
15.0%
21–22
10.8%
14
9.3%
10–11
1.5%
0
5.0%
GESOP January 16–18 HTML 34.7% 31.6% 13.9% 10.4% 7.0% 2.4% 3.1%
2005
Noxa November 10–12 HTML 32.4%
44
28.9%
43
16.8%
23
10.8%
14
9.6%
11
1.5%
0
3.5%
Vox Pública September 28–29 HTML 33.5% 30.7% 15.2% 11.5% 6.7% 2.4% 2.8%
Vox Pública June 30–July 1 HTML 34.0% 30.5% 15.7% 9.8% 7.5% 2.5% 3.5%
2004
Election Results November 16, 2003 HTML 31.2%
42
30.9%
46
16.4%
23
11.9%
15
7.3%
9
2.3%
0
0.3%

Results

General

Party Party List votes Vote percentage (change) Total Seats (change)
Convergence and Union (Convergència i Unió) (CiU) 935,756 31.5% +0.6% 48 +2
Socialists' Party of Catalonia (Partit dels Socialistes de Catalunya) (PSC) 796,173 26.8% -4.4% 37 -5
Republican Left of Catalonia (Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya) (ERC) 416,355 14.0% -2.4% 21 -2
People's Party of Catalonia (Partit Popular de Catalunya) (PPC) 316,222 10.7% -1.2% 14 -1
Initiative for Catalonia Greens-United and Alternative Left (Iniciativa per Catalunya i Verds - Esquerra Unida i Alternativa) (ICV-EUiA) 282,693 9.5% +2.2% 12 +3
Citizens – Party of the Citizenry (Ciutadans) (C's) 89,840 3.0% +3.0% 3 +3
All Others 71,251 2.3%   0  
Totals 2,908,290 100.0%   135

By constituencies

Barcelona

Party Party List votes Vote percentage (change) Total Seats (change)
Convergence and Union (CiU) 664,723 29.9% +1.2% 27 +2
Socialists' Party of Catalonia (PSC) 620,601 27.9% -5.2% 25 -4
Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) 280,566 12.6% -2.5% 11 -2
People's Party of Catalonia (PPC) 248,165 11.1% -1.4% 10 -1
Initiative for Catalonia Greens-United and Alternative Left (ICV-EUiA) 230,968 10.3% +2.3% 9 +2
Citizens – Party of the Citizenry (C's) 78,525 3.5% +3.5% 3 +3
All Others 55,013 2,0%   0  
Totals 2,178,561 100.0%   85

Girona

Party Party List votes Vote percentage (change) Total Seats (change)
Convergence and Union (CiU) 104,840 38.1% -0.5% 7 =
Socialists' Party of Catalonia (PSC) 60,755 22.1% -1.5% 4 =
Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) 52,799 19.2% -2.7% 4 =
Initiative for Catalonia Greens-United and Alternative Left (ICV-EUiA) 20,798 7.6% +2.3% 1 =
People's Party of Catalonia (PPC) 19,808 7.2% -0.8% 1 =
Citizens – Party of the Citizenry (C's) 2,584 0.9% +0.9% 0 new
All Others 7,229 1.9%   0  
Totals 268,993 100.0%   17

Lleida

Party Party List votes Vote percentage (change) Total Seats (change)
Convergence and Union (CiU) 72,916 39.9% -1.5% 7 =
Socialists' Party of Catalonia (PSC) 40,097 21.9% -0.5% 3 -1
Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) 32,304 17.7% -2.2% 3 =
People's Party of Catalonia (PPC) 16,605 9.1% -0.5% 1 =
Initiative for Catalonia Greens-United and Alternative Left (ICV-EUiA) 12,018 6.5% +2.2% 1 +1
Citizens – Party of the Citizenry (C's) 1,761 0.9% +0.9% 0 new
All Others 2,456 0.9%   0  
Totals 178,157 100.0%   15

Tarragona

Party Party List votes Vote percentage (change) Total Seats (change)
Convergence and Union (CiU) 93,277 32.4% -1.3% 7 =
Socialists' Party of Catalonia (PSC) 74,720 25.9% -2.3% 5 =
Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) 50,686 17.6% -1.4% 3 =
People's Party of Catalonia (PPC) 31,644 11.0% -0.7% 2 =
Initiative for Catalonia Greens-United and Alternative Left (ICV-EUiA) 18,729 6.5% +1.3% 1 =
Citizens – Party of the Citizenry (C's) 6,970 2.4% +2.4% 0 new
All Others 6,553 1.7%   0  
Totals 282,579 100.0%   18
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