2009 European Parliament election in Poland

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European Parliament election in Poland, 2009
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  2004 7 June 2009 2014  

50 seats to the European Parliament
Turnout24.53%
 First partySecond party
  Hubner Danuta.jpg Michal Kaminski 01.jpg
Leader Danuta Hübner Michał Kamiński
Party PO PiS
Alliance EPP ECR
Last election15 seats, 24.1%7 seats, 12.67%
Seats won2515
Seat changeIncrease2.svg10Increase2.svg8
Popular vote3 271 8522 017 607
Percentage44.43%27.40%
SwingIncrease2.svg20.33%Increase2.svg14.73%

 Third partyFourth party
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Leader Wojciech Olejniczak Janusz Piechociński
Party SLD PSL
Alliance S&D EPP
Last election5 seats, 9.35%4 seats, 6.34%
Seats won73
Seat changeIncrease2.svg2Decrease2.svg1
Popular vote908 765516 146
Percentage12.34%7.01%
SwingIncrease2.svg2.99%Increase2.svg0.67%

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Powiats won by

– Civic Platform – Law and Justice

– Polish People's Party
Poland is divided into 13 electoral districts whose numbers are displayed on the picture European Parliament constituencies Poland.png
Poland is divided into 13 electoral districts whose numbers are displayed on the picture

The European Parliament election of 2009 in Poland was the election of the delegation from Poland to the European Parliament in 2009 which took place on 7 June 2009. [1] On 13 February the Sejm (the lower house of the Polish parliament) accepted a proposal for an amendment to the electoral court act to allow voting for the European Parliament election of 2009 to take place over 2 days i.e. the 6 and 7 June 2009. However, on 5 March, the proposal was referred to the Constitutional Tribunal of the Republic of Poland by the Polish President, Lech Kaczyński. [2] The Polish electorate elected 50 MEPs. [1] In the 27 EU Member States, at total of 736 MEPs were elected from 4–7 June 2009. [1]

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As anticipated, the Civic Platform (PO) won a significant victory, winning more than 44% of the vote and gaining half of the total seats. PO's vote was higher than their 41.5% achieved at the 2007 Polish parliamentary election, and to date was the highest vote achieved by a Polish political party to either the Sejm (national legislature) or the European Parliament. Law and Justice (PiS), came second (27.4%), having more than doubled their vote and seats won as compared to the 2004 EU election, but their vote fell, in comparison to the national elections of 2007. PO polled strongest in the western half of Poland, whilst PiS polled best in the eastern half, particularly the south-east.

The largest grouping on the left, the Democratic Left Alliance-Labor Union (SLD-UP) came in at a distant third with 12.3% of the vote and seven seats. At one time, the biggest party in Poland, the Democratic Left Alliance's vote was fairly static over the past five years, and they have been unable to challenge the dominance of PO and PiS, since 2005. The Polish People's Party (PSL) came fourth with 7% of the vote, and won three seats. The remaining parties failed to reach the 5% threshold required to win seats.

The election result demonstrated a stability in voting patterns in the country. Previously, especially prior to 2005, the political environment in Poland was rather unpredictable, with big swings away from established parties, towards alternative parties, and ongoing splits and mergers of key parties. In 2009, however, the voting pattern did not vary too substantially from the 2007 elections, with the large parties consolidating their positions, and smaller parties failing to make a breakthrough.

Contesting committees

NameIdeologyEuropean Union positionLeaderMain candidate [3] Alliance2004 resultCurrent seats
Vote (%)Seats
Civic Platform (PO) Centrism, catch-all Hard pro-Europeanism Donald Tusk Danuta Hübner EPP 24.1%
15 / 54
14 / 54
Law and Justice (PiS) National conservatism, Christian democracy Soft Euroscepticism Jarosław Kaczyński Michał Kamiński UEN 12.7%
7 / 54
10 / 54
Alliance for the Future (PdP) Social liberalism, social democracy Hard pro-Europeanism Dariusz Rosati ALDE
S&D
G-EFA
12.9%
7 / 54
9 / 54
Libertas Poland (LP) Anti-Lisbon Treaty, souverainism Hard Euroscepticism Daniel Pawłowiec UEN
NI
15.9%
10 / 54
8 / 54
Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) Social democracy, third way Hard pro-Europeanism Grzegorz Napieralski Wojciech Olejniczak S&D 9.4%
5 / 54
5 / 54
Polish People's Party (PSL) Agrarianism, Christian democracy Hard pro-Europeanism Waldemar Pawlak Janusz Piechociński EPP 6.3%
4 / 54
2 / 54
Self-Defence of the Republic of Poland (SRP) Agrarianism, left-wing populism Hard Euroscepticism Andrzej Lepper Jan Sochocki UEN 10.8%
6 / 54
2 / 54
Polish Labour Party (PPP) Democratic socialism, anti-capitalism Soft Euroscepticism Bogusław Ziętek GUE-NGL 0.5%
0 / 54
1 / 54
Right Wing of the Republic (PR) Political Catholicism, Christian right Soft Euroscepticism Marek Jurek IND/DEM -
0 / 54
1 / 54
Real Politics Union (UPR) Right-Libertarianism, Laissez-faire Hard Euroscepticism Bolesław Witczak NI 1.9%
0 / 54
0 / 54

Lead candidates by constituency

Constituency PO PiS SLD-UP PSL PdP Libertas Cite
Pomeranian Janusz Lewandowski Hanna Foltyn-Kubicka Longin Pastusiak Wojciech Przybylski Dariusz Szwed Tomasz Sommer
Kuyavian-Pomeranian Tadeusz Zwiefka Richard Czarnecki Janusz Zemke Eugeniusz Kłopotek Henryk Kierzkowski Ryszard Kozłowski
Podlaskie and Warmian-Masurian Krzysztof Lisek Jacek Kurski Tadeusz Iwiński Stanisław Żelichowski Marian Szamatowicz Ryszard Bender
Warsaw Danuta Hübner Michał Kamiński Wojciech Olejniczak Janusz Piechociński Dariusz Rosati Artur Zawisza
Masovian Jacek Kozłowski Adam Bielan Marek Wikiński Jarosław Kalinowski Marek Czarnecki Dariusz Grabowski
Łódź Jacek Saryusz-Wolski Urszula Krupa Jolanta Szymanek-Deresz Adam Fronczak Magdalena Środa Bolesław Borysiuk
Greater Poland Filip Kaczmarek Konrad Szymański Marek Siwiec Andrzej Grzyb Sylwia Pusz Anna Sobecka
Lublin Lena Kolarska - Bobińska Mirosław Piotrowski Jacek Czerniak Edward Wojtas Marek Borowski Zdzisław Podkański
Subcarpathian Marian Krzaklewski Tomasz Poręba Marta Niewczas Mieczysław Janowski Krzysztof Martens Daniel Pawłowiec
Lesser Poland and Świętokrzyskie Róża Gräfin Von Thun Und Hohenstein Zbigniew Ziobro Andrzej Szejna Czesław Siekierski Janusz Onyszkiewicz Wojciech Wierzejski
Silesian Jerzy Buzek Marek Migalski Jerzy Markowski Janusz Moszyński Genowefa Grabowska Piotr Ślusarczyk
Lower Silesian and Opole Jacek Protasiewicz Ryszard Legutko Lidia Geringer De Oedenberg Stanisław Rakoczy Józef Pinior Janusz Dobrosz
Lubusz and West Pomeranian Sławomir Nitras Marek Gróbarczyk Bogusław Liberadzki Juliusz Engelhardt Radosław Popiela Krzysztof Zaremba

Opinion polls

SourceDate PO PiS SLD-UP PSL PdP Undecided
CBOS March 200940%17%10%5%1%21%
TNS OBOP 2–5 April 200954%21%7%6%28%
PBS 3–5 April 200949%22%13%6%3%
GFK [ permanent dead link ]24–26 April 200947%26%12%6%
Gemius 5 May 200940%16%11%3%2%
TNS OBOP 6–7 May 200947%22%12%8%2%
Homo Homini 7 May 200948.9%22.4%12.2%4.6%1.3%8%
TNS OBOP 15 May 200948%25%8%5%5%
Gemius 19 May 200939%20%7%6%4%
Homo Homini 26 May 200945%25%11%7%3%
GFK 3–4 June 200951%24%15%6%
SMG/KRC 5 June 200954%25%9%7%

Results

PartyVotes%Seats+/–
Civic Platform 3,271,85244.4325+10
Law and Justice 2,017,60727.4015+8
Democratic Left Alliance – Labour Union 908,76512.347+2
Polish People's Party 516,1467.013–1
Alliance for the Future 179,6022.440–7
Right Wing of the Republic 143,9661.950New
Self-Defence of the Republic of Poland 107,1851.460–6
Libertas Poland 83,7541.140–10
Real Politics Union 81,1461.1000
Polish Labour Party 51,8720.7000
Forward Poland–Piast 1,5370.020New
Polish Socialist Party 1,3310.020New
Total7,364,763100.0050–4
Valid votes7,364,76398.17
Invalid/blank votes137,5731.83
Total votes7,502,336100.00
Registered voters/turnout30,565,27224.55
Source: PKW

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