Spain general election 2015 Result Vote share Parliament seat Opinion Exit Poll Schedule, Spain Latest Opinion Poll, Spanish general election Result 2015, 2015 Spanish Congress of Deputies Senate election results

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Spain general election 2015 Result Vote share Parliament seat Opinion Exit Poll Schedule, Spain Latest Opinion Poll, Spanish general election Result 2015, 2015 Spanish Congress of Deputies Senate election results

The 2015 Spanish general election was held on Sunday, 20 December 2015, to elect the 11th Cortes Generales of the Kingdom of Spain. All 350 seats in the Congress of Deputies were up for election, as well as 208 of 266 seats in the Senate.

Electoral system

The Spanish legislature, the Cortes Generales (Spanish for General Courts), was composed of two chambers at the time of the 2015 election:

  1.     The lower chamber, the Congress of Deputies.
  2.     The upper chamber, the Senate.

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Date Event
26-Oct-15 The Council of Ministers convenes to approve the decree ordering the Cortes Generales' dissolution and the calling of the general election on the advice of the Prime Minister. Subsequently, the decree is ratified by the King.
27-Oct-15 The decree enters into force by its publication in the BOE. Parliament is officially dissolved and the general election is called. Official start of the electoral period.
06-Nov-15 Deadline for parties intending to contest the election in coalition with other parties to communicate it to the appropriate electoral boards.
11–16 November 2015 Time limit for parties intending to contest the election to submit their candidacies to the Electoral Board.
18-Nov-15 Submitted candidacies are provisionally published in the BOE.
21-Nov-15 Deadline for Spanish electors residing abroad to apply for voting.
21–25 November 2015 Sweepstakes to appoint members of the polling stations.
24-Nov-15 Candidacies for parties, coalitions and groups of voters standing for election are proclaimed and published in the BOE after a period of notification and amendment of possible irregularities in 20–22 November 2015.
04-Dec-15 Official start of the electoral campaign at 00:00 CET (UTC+01:00).
10-Dec-15 Deadline for electors residing in Spain to apply for postal voting.
15–19 December 2015 Legal ban on opinion polling publication in Spanish territory.
18-Dec-15 Official end of the electoral campaign at 24:00 CET (UTC+01:00).
19-Dec-15 Reflection day.
20-Dec-15 Election Day. Polls open from 09:00 CET to 20:00 CET. Provisional vote count officially starting from 21:00 CET. From this day, the incumbent government assumes caretaker functions until a new government is formed.
13-Jan-16 The elected Congress and Senate convene.
 
From the Cortes' convening but without a defined term, the King calls for a round of talks with political parties' representatives so that, depending on each other parliamentary representation, nominate a candidate for Prime Minister, which is submitted to Congress for an investiture debate and subsequent vote.
The nominated candidate must muster an absolute majority of votes in the first ballot, or a relative majority in a second ballot to be held 48 hours after the first, in order to be elected. If within two months from the first investiture vote no candidate has obtained the confidence of Congress, the Cortes Generales are dissolved and a new general election called.
 

Opinion polls

7 December debate

Who do you believe has won the debate?

Polling firm/Link Sample
size
Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría Pedro Sánchez Pablo Iglesias Albert Rivera
       
Redondo & Asociados 600 30.7 16.4 23.9 22.0
CIS 6,242 18.3 8.9 31.3 12.0

14 December debate

Who do you believe has won the debate?

Polling firm/Link Sample
size
Mariano Rajoy Pedro Sánchez
   
Atresmedia   28.8 33.7
CIS 6,242 26.1 26.9

 Spanish general election Results 2015 

Party Popular vote Seats
Votes % ±pp Won +/−
People’s Party (PP) 72,36,965 28.71 –16.33 123 –64
Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) 55,45,315 22 –6.76 90 –20
  52,12,711 20.68 New 69
Citizens–Party of the Citizenry (C’s) 35,14,528 13.94 New 40 40
United Left–Popular Unity in Common (IU–UPeC) 9,26,783 3.68 –1.81 2 –6
Republican Left of Catalonia–Catalonia Yes (ERC–CatSí) 6,01,782 2.39 1.33 9 6
Democracy and Freedom: Convergence–Democrats–Realignment (DL) 5,67,253 2.25 –0.36 8 –2
Basque Nationalist Party (EAJ/PNV) 3,02,316 1.2 –0.13 6 1
Animalist Party Against Mistreatment of Animals (PACMA) 2,20,369 0.87 0.45 0 ±0
Basque Country Unite (EH Bildu) 2,19,125 0.87 –0.50 2 –5
Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD) 1,55,153 0.62 –4.08 0 –5
Canarian Coalition–Canarian Nationalist Party (CC–PNC) 81,917 0.32 –0.27 1 –1
Us–Galician Candidacy (Nós) 70,863 0.28 –0.48 0 –2
Democratic Union of Catalonia (unio.cat)[d] 65,388 0.26 –1.30 0 –6
Vox (Vox) 58,114 0.23 New 0 ±0
Zero Cuts–Green Group (Recortes Cero–GV) 48,675 0.19 New 0 ±0
More for Majorca (Més) 33,877 0.13 ±0.00 0 ±0
Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain (PCPE) 31,179 0.12 0.01 0 ±0
Yes to the Future (GBai) 30,642 0.12 –0.05 0 –1
  1,00,226 0.4 0 ±0
Blank ballots 1,88,132 0.75 –0.62  
Total 2,52,11,313 100   350 ±0
Valid votes 2,52,11,313 99.11 0.4  
Invalid votes 2,27,219 0.89 –0.40
Votes cast / turnout 2,54,38,532 69.67 0.73
Abstentions 1,10,73,316 30.33 –0.73
Registered voters 3,65,11,848  

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Vote share
Pary Votes
PP 28.71%
PSOE 22.00%
Podemos 20.68%
C's 13.94%
IU–UPeC 3.67%
ERC–CatSí 2.39%
DL 2.25%
EAJ/PNV 1.20%
EH Bildu 0.87%
CC–PNC 0.32%
Others 3.22%
Blank ballots 0.75%
Parliamentary seats
PP 35.14%
PSOE 25.71%
Podemos 19.71%
C's 11.43%
ERC–CatSí 2.57%
DL 2.29%
EAJ/PNV 1.71%
IU–UPeC 0.57%
EH Bildu 0.57%
CC–PNC 0.29%
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