1987 European Parliament election in Portugal

The 1987 European Parliament election in Portugal took place on 19 July 1987.[1] It was the election of all 24[1] MEPs representing the Portugal constituency for the remainder of the 1984–1989 term of the European Parliament. Portugal had acceded to the European Community on 1 January 1986 and had been represented in the European Parliament by 24 appointed delegates until elections could be held. These elections took place on the same day of the legislative elections of 1987.

1987 European Parliament election in Portugal

19 July 1987 1989 

24 seats to the European Parliament
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Pedro Santana Lopes Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo Francisco Lucas Pires
Seats won 10 6 4
Popular vote 2,111,828 1,267,672 868,718
Percentage 37.5% 22.5% 15.4%

  Fourth party Fifth party
Leader Ângelo Veloso José Medeiros Ferreira
Party Democratic Unitarian Coalition PRD
Alliance COM EDA
Seats won 3 1
Popular vote 648,700 250,158
Percentage 11.5% 4.4%

The Social Democrats (PSD) won the 1st European election by a landslide over the Socialists. The PSD won more than 37% of the votes, 15 points ahead of the PS. Note that a large chunk of the PSD vote in the 1987 legislative elections, held simultaneously with the European election, was from CDS voters that voted PSD in the general election and CDS in the EU elections. Nonetheless, the CDS won 15% of the votes, compared with the 4% in the general election ballot. Together, the center-right parties won 53% of the votes.

The Socialists, headed by former PM Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo, suffered a huge defeat, polling just 22%, matching their general election score. The Communist/Green alliance, Democratic Unity Coalition, polled 4th place and won 11.5% of the votes. Finally, the Democratic Renewal Party (PRD), also suffered a very heavy defeat, winning just 4% of the votes and electing a sole member for the EU Parliament.

Turnout in these elections was quite high, with 72.4% of voters casting a ballot.

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