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2019 European Parliament election in Portugal

The European Parliament election of 2019, in Portugal, elected the Portuguese delegation to the European Parliament from 2019 to 2024. This was the eighth European election held in Portugal. The election was held on Sunday, 26 May 2019.

European Parliament election in Portugal, 2019

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All 21 Portuguese seats to the European Parliament
Turnout30.7% Decrease 3.1 pp
  First party Second party Third party
  Pedro Marques Transportes em Revista (cropped).png MERCOSUL - Representação Brasileira no Parlamento do Mercosul (22371092998) (cropped).jpg Marisa Matias, SomosBibliotecas (cropped).png
Leader Pedro Marques Paulo Rangel Marisa Matias
Party PS PSD BE
Alliance S&D EPP GUE/NGL
Last election 8 seats, 31.5% 6 seats[a] 1 seats, 4.6%
Seats won 9 6 2
Seat change Increase 1 Steady 0 Increase 1
Popular vote 1,106,345 727,207 325,534
Percentage 33.4% 21.9% 9.8%
Swing Increase 1.9 pp [a] Increase 5.3 pp

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  João Ferreira, European Parliament 14-03-2018 (cropped).png Melo, Nuno-1294 (cropped).jpg Francisco Guerreiro, PAN (cropped).jpg
Leader João Ferreira Nuno Melo Francisco Guerreiro
Party CDU CDS–PP PAN
Alliance GUE/NGL EPP Green
Last election 3 seats, 12.7% 1 seat[a] 0 seats, 1.7%
Seats won 2 1 1
Seat change Decrease 1 Steady 0 Increase 1
Popular vote 228,157 205,111 168,501
Percentage 6.9% 6.2% 5.1%
Swing Decrease 5.8 pp [a] Increase 3.4 pp

European Parliament election in Portugal - 2019.svg

The Socialist Party (PS) was the winner of the elections, scoring 33.4% of the vote. The party increased their share of the votes by 2% from the 2014 election, and won an additional seat. It was one of the only three times in Portuguese history where the government party won a European Election.

The Social Democratic Party (PSD) achieved its worst results ever as a standalone party, with 21.9% of the vote, distancing more than eleven points from the winner. The People's Party (CDS), which ran alongside the PSD in the previous election, as part of the Portugal Alliance, also fell below expectations at 6.2% of the vote, only being able to elect their top candidate Nuno Melo.

The Democratic Unity Coalition (CDU) scored their worst result as well, narrowly electing two MEPs compared to their former three. On the other hand, the Left Bloc (BE) rebounded to previous support levels, more than doubling its vote share to 9.8% and electing a new member.

The big surprise of the elections was the result of People-Animals-Nature (PAN). Headed by civil engineer André Silva, PAN won 5.1% of the votes and was able to elect its first ever European Parliament member, over-performing the polls.

Turnout, again, fell to the lowest level ever, with only 30.7% of voters casting a ballot. Abstention reached an unprecedented level of 99.04% for Portuguese citizens living abroad.[1]

Electoral systemEdit

The voting method used, for the election of European members of parliament, is by proportional representation using the D'Hondt method. For the 2019 EU elections, Portugal has 21 seats to be filled. Deputies are elected in a single constituency, corresponding to the entire national territory.

This election was also the first in which the changes in the electoral law, approved in 2018, were put into practice. The main changes were the automatic registration of all Portuguese citizens, at home and abroad, above 17 year's old, prompting the number of registered voters to increase from 9.7 million to almost 10.8 million, the introduction of early voting to all voters without filling an excuse, in previous elections voters could only vote early if they were unable to attend a polling station on election day, and the end of the "voting card", as voters would only need their ID card in order to cast a ballot.[2] To vote early, 19,584 voters, 0.2% of all registered voters, requested an early ballot. According to the government, 14,909 voters cast an early ballot.[3]

Parties and candidatesEdit

The major parties that participated in the election and their EP list leaders, ranked by percentage of the vote received, were:

Campaign periodEdit

Party slogansEdit

Party or alliance Original slogan English translation Refs
PS « #Somos Europa » "#We are Europe" [21]
PSD « Marcar a diferença em Portugal e na Europa » "Making a difference in Portugal and in Europe" [22]
CDU « Defender o povo e o País » "Defending the people and the country" [23]
CDS–PP « Portugal, a Europa é aqui » "Portugal, Europe is here" [24]
BE « Lado a Lado, pelo que é de todos » "Side by side, by what is everyone's" [25]
PDR « A voz em Português que faz a diferença no Parlamento Europeu » "The Portuguese voice that makes the difference in the European Parliament" [26]
PAN « A Europa começa em ti » "Europe starts with you" [27]
A « Para ganhar uma Europa nova » "To win a new Europe" [28]
LIVRE « Faz a tua Europa » / «Todos votam. Todos contam » "Make your Europe" / «Everyone votes. Everyone counts. » [29]
PNR « Portugal português numa Europa europeia » "Portuguese Portugal in a European Europe" [30]
B « Basta! » "Enough! " [31]

Candidates' debatesEdit

2019 European Parliament election in Portugal debates
Date Organisers Moderator(s)     P  Present    A  Absent invitee  N  Non-inviteee 
PS PSD CDU CDS–PP BE PDR PAN L NC B PCTP A IL PNR PTP PURP MAS Refs
1 May SIC Bento
Rodrigues
P
Marques
P
Rangel
P
Ferreira
P
Melo
P
Matias
P
Pinto
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
[32]
2 May RTP3 Cristina
Esteves
N
N
N
P
Melo
P
Matias
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
3 May RTP3 Cristina
Esteves
N
P
Rangel
P
Ferreira
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
4 May RTP3 Cristina
Esteves
P
Marques
N
N
P
Melo
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
5 May RTP3 Cristina
Esteves
N
P
Rangel
N
N
P
Matias
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
6 May RTP3 Cristina
Esteves
P
Marques
N
P
Ferreira
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
7 May RTP3 Cristina
Esteves
N
P
Rangel
N
P
Melo
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
7 May SIC Bento
Rodrigues
N
N
N
N
N
N
P
Guerreiro
P
Tavares
P
Morais
P
Ventura
P
Júdice
P
Sande
P
Arroja
N
N
N
N
[33]
8 May TVI José Alberto
Carvalho
P
Marques
P
Rangel
P
Ferreira
P
Melo
P
Matias
P
Pinto
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
[34]
8 May RTP3 Cristina
Esteves
N
N
P
Ferreira
N
P
Matias
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
9 May RTP3 Cristina
Esteves
P
Marques
N
N
N
P
Matias
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
10 May RTP3 Cristina
Esteves
N
N
P
Ferreira
P
Melo
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
11 May RTP1 Cristina
Esteves
P
Marques
P
Rangel
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
[35]
13 May RTP1 Maria Flor
Pedroso
N
N
N
N
N
A
Pinto
P
Guerreiro
P
Tavares
P
Morais
A
Ventura
P
Júdice
P
Sande
P
Arroja
P
Patrocínio
P
Madaleno
P
Loureiro
P
Santos
[36]
20 May RTP1 Maria Flor
Pedroso
I
Marques
I
Rangel
I
Ferreira
I
Melo
I
Matias
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
[37]

Opinion pollsEdit

Polling firm/Link Fieldwork date Sample
size
TO       CDU   PAN       O Lead
2019 EP election 26 May 2019 N/A 30.7 33.4
9
21.9
6
6.2
1
6.9
2
9.8
2
5.1
1
0.4
0
1.9
0
1.5
0
12.9
0
11.5
CESOP–UCP Exit Poll[b] 26 May 2019 12,227 32.5 32
8/9
22
5/6
6
1/2
8
1/2
10.5
2/3
5
1/2
16.5
0
10
GfK/Metris Exit Poll[b] 26 May 2019 7,169 31.5 32.9
8/9
23.8
6/7
6.0
1/2
6.8
2
10.0
2/3
6.0
1/2
14.5
0
9.1
Aximage 16–23 May 2019 766 34.9 32.4
8/9
25.1
6/7
7.1
1
8.3
2
11.1
3
1.8
0
2.5
0
11.7
0
7.3
Eurosondagem 15–22 May 2019 2,025 ? 35.5
8/10
25.5
7
7.0
1/2
7.6
2
6.9
1/2
2.5
0/1
2.5
0/1
12.5
0
10.0
Aximage 16–20 May 2019 622 34.2 32.5
8/9
25.4
6/7
6.8
1/2
9.3
2
11.4
3
1.4
0
2.5
0
10.7
0
7.1
Pitagórica 10–19 May 2019 605 ? 32.4
7/8
24.8
6/7
6.7
1/2
7.1
1/2
12.9
2/3
3.3
1
2.1
0/1
1.2
0
1.0
0
8.5
0
7.6
CESOP–UCP 16–19 May 2019 1,882 ? 33
8/9
23
5/6
8
2
8
2
9
2
3
0/1
3
0/1
13
0
10
GfK/Metris 7–12 May 2019 803 ? 36
8/9
28
6/7
8
1/2
8
1/2
9
2
2
0
9
0
8
GfK/Metris 22 Apr–3 May 2019 802 ? 34
8
28
7
9
2
9
2
8
2
3
0
9
0
6
Eurosondagem 28 Apr–2 May 2019 2,010 ? 34.0
9/10
27.1
7/8
7.1
1/2
8.1
2
7.1
1/2
3.3
0/1
3.3
0/1
10.0
0
6.9
Aximage 13–16 Apr 2019 612 ? 31.7
8/9
29.0
7/8
7.7
1/2
8.4
2
8.3
2
1.3
0
1.3
0
1.8
0
10.5
0
2.7
Pitagórica 3–13 Apr 2019 605 ? 30.3
7/8
28.0
7/8
7.6
2
6.5
1
11.3
2/3
1.7
0
14.6
0
2.3
Aximage 30 Mar–1 Apr 2019 602 43.8 33.6
8
31.1
8
6.8
1
9.4
2
8.0
2
1.3
0
1.3
0
8.5
0
2.5
Aximage 9–13 Mar 2019 600 44.5 34.1
8/9
29.1
7/8
7.3
1/2
9.2
2
7.6
2
1.9
0
2.0
0
8.8
0
5.0
Aximage[c] 5–10 Feb 2019 602 38.2 36.0
9
26.2
6
8.6
2
8.8
2
9.7
2
1.5
0
1.9
0
7.3
0
9.8
Aximage[d] 4–7 Jan 2019 608 36.0 38.5
8/10
23.4
5/7
9.9
2/3
13.4
2/3
7.4
2/3
2.4
0
1.4
0
3.5
0
15.1
2014 EP election 25 May 2014 N/A 33.7 31.5
8
27.7
6+1
12.7
3
4.6
1
1.7
0
*[e] N/A 0.9
0
20.9
2[f]
3.8

ResultsEdit

e • d Summary of the results of Portugal's 26 May 2019 election to the European Parliament
← 201420192024 →
National party European party Main candidate Votes % +/– Seats +/–
Socialist Party (PS) PES Pedro Marques 1,106,328 33.38 1.90  9 1 
Social Democratic Party (PSD) EPP Paulo Rangel 727,224 21.94 [a] 6 0 
Left Bloc (BE) PEL / EACL Marisa Matias 325,533 9.82 5.26  2 1 
Unitary Democratic Coalition (CDU)
Communist Party (PCP)
Ecologist Party (PEV)
PEL / EGP João Ferreira 228,156 6.88 5.81  2
2
0

1 
0 
CDS - People's Party (CDS-PP) EPP Nuno Melo 205,106 6.19 [a] 1 0 
People–Animals–Nature (PAN) EGP Francisco Guerreiro 168,501 5.08 3.36  1 1 
Alliance (A) None Paulo Sande 61,753 1.86 new 0 new
LIVRE (L) DiEM25 / EGP Rui Tavares 60,575 1.83 0.35  0 0 
Basta! (B)
Enough (CH)
People's Monarchist Party (PPM)
Citizenship and Christian Democracy (PPV/CDC)
ECPM André Ventura 49,496 1.49 0.58 
[g]
0
0
0
0

new
0 
0 
We, the Citizens! (NC) ALDE Paulo de Morais 34,672 1.05 new 0 [38] 1 
Liberal Initiative (IL) ALDE Ricardo Arroja 29,120 0.88 new 0 new
Workers' Communist Party (PCTP/MRPP) None Luís Júdice 27,223 0.82 0.85  0 0 
National Renovator Party (PNR) AENM João Patrocínio 16,165 0.49 0.04  0 0 
Democratic Republican Party (PDR) ALDE Marinho e Pinto 15,790 0.48 new 0 [39] 1 
United Party of Retirees and Pensioners (PURP) None Fernando Loureiro 13,582 0.41 new 0 new
Portuguese Labour Party (PTP) None Gonçalo Madaleno 8,640 0.26 0.43  0 0 
Socialist Alternative Movement (MAS) EACL Vasco Santos 6,641 0.20 0.18  0 0 
Valid votes 3,084,505 93.06
Blank and invalid votes 229,909 6.93
Totals 3,314,414 100.00 21 0  
Eligible voters / turnout 10,786,068 30.73 2.94 
Source: Europeias 2019, Comissão Nacional de Eleições
Vote share
PS
33.38%
PSD
21.94%
BE
9.82%
CDU
6.88%
CDS-PP
6.19%
PAN
5.08%
Alliance
1.86%
L
1.83%
Basta!
1.49%
NC
1.05%
IL
0.88%
PCTP/MRPP
0.82%
Others
1.84%
Blank/Invalid
6.93%

Distribution by European groupEdit

Summary of political group distribution in the 9th European Parliament (2019–2024)
Groups Parties Seats Total %
Party of European Socialists (PES)

9 9 42.86
European People's Party (EPP)

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

2
2
4 19.05
Greens–European Free Alliance (G/EFA)

1 1 4.76
Total 21 21 100.00

MapsEdit

ElectorateEdit

Demographic Size PS PSD BE CDU CDS–PP PAN Others
Total vote 100% 33.4% 21.9% 9.7% 6.9% 6.2% 5.1% 16.8%
Sex
Men 47% 33.1% 22.2% 8.1% 8.1% 6.0% 4.0% 18.5%
Women 53% 33.6% 21.6% 11.3% 5.8% 6.4% 6.1% 15.2%
Age
18–24 years old 8% 22.2% 17.2% 9.9% 4.6% 6.6% 13.9% 25.5%
25–34 years old 10% 18.9% 17.9% 13.7% 5.5% 7.0% 11.2% 25.9%
35–44 years old 17% 26.0% 20.9% 12.1% 7.0% 6.7% 7.3% 20.0%
44–54 years old 21% 25.1% 24.6% 10.8% 7.7% 8.5% 4.4% 18.9%
55–64 years old 18% 38.0% 22.1% 11.3% 5.9% 5.9% 2.4% 14.3%
65 and older 26% 50.2% 23.4% 5.1% 8.0% 3.8% 1.1% 8.4%
Education
No High-school 14% 54.8% 17.9% 6.6% 6.7% 2.8% 2.1% 9.0%
High-school 34% 37.4% 20.2% 8.5% 8.2% 4.5% 4.9% 16.3%
College graduate 52% 24.9% 24.2% 11.6% 6.0% 8.3% 6.0% 19.1%
Source: CESOP–UCP

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f The Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the People's Party (CDS–PP) contested the 2014 election in a coalition called Portugal Alliance (AP) and won a combined 27.7% of the vote and elected 7 MP's to the European parliament.
  2. ^ a b This poll provides data ranges and/or approximations. In order to simplify, the average of these data is given.
  3. ^ Results presented here exclude undecideds (5.3%). With their inclusion results are: PS: 34.1%; PSD: 24.8%; BE: 9.2%; CDU: 8.3%; PP: 8.1%; A: 1.8%; PAN: 1.4%; Others: 7.0%.
  4. ^ Results presented here exclude undecideds (15.4%). With their inclusion results are: PS: 32.6%; PSD: 19.8%; CDU: 11.3%; PP: 8.4%; BE: 6.3%; PAN: 2.0%; A: 1.2%; Others: 3.0%.
  5. ^ The main candidate for the Earth Party (MPT) in 2014, António Marinho e Pinto, left MPT in late 2014 and formed his own party, the Democratic Republican Party (PDR).
  6. ^ Includes the 7.2%, and 2 seats, won by MPT in the 2014 EP elections. MPT dropped out from the 2019 EP elections due to internal infighting.
  7. ^ Compared with the combined total of 0.91% of PPM and PPV/CDC in the 2014 EP elections.

ReferencesEdit

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