2009 Saarland state election

The 2009 Saarland state election was held on 30 August 2009 to elect the members of the Landtag of Saarland. It was held on the same day as state elections in Saxony and Thuringia. The incumbent Christian Democratic Union (CDU) government led by Minister-President Peter Müller lost its majority. The CDU subsequently formed a coalition with the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and The Greens, and Müller was re-elected as Minister-President. This was the first Jamaica coalition formed in Germany.

2009 Saarland state election

← 2004 30 August 2009 2012 →

All 51 seats in the Landtag of Saarland
26 seats needed for a majority
Turnout534,793 (67.6%)
Increase 12.1%
  First party Second party Third party
  KAS-Müller, Peter-Bild-14997-1.jpg Heikomaas.jpg Oskar Lafontaine (DIE LINKE) in Hamm (10571425525).jpg
Leader Peter Müller Heiko Maas Oskar Lafontaine
Party CDU SPD Left
Last election 27 seats, 47.5% 18 seats, 30.8% 0 seats, 2.3%[a]
Seats won 19 13 11
Seat change Decrease 8 Decrease 5 Increase 11
Popular vote 184,537 131,241 113,664
Percentage 34.5% 24.5% 21.3%
Swing Decrease 13.0% Decrease 6.3% Increase 19.0%

  Fourth party Fifth party
  Christoph Georg Hartmann.jpg Hubert claudia.jpg
Leader Christoph Hartmann Hubert Ulrich
Party FDP Green
Last election 3 seats, 5.2% 3 seats, 5.6%
Seats won 5 3
Seat change Increase 2 Steady 0
Popular vote 49,064 31,516
Percentage 9.2% 5.9%
Swing Increase 4.0% Increase 0.3%

Minister-President before election

Peter Müller
CDU

Elected Minister-President

Peter Müller
CDU

PartiesEdit

The table below lists parties represented in the previous Landtag of Saarland.

Name Ideology Leader(s) 2004 result
Votes (%) Seats
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany
Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands
Christian democracy Peter Müller 47.5%
27 / 51
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany
Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands
Social democracy Heiko Maas 30.8%
18 / 51
Grüne Alliance 90/The Greens
Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
Green politics Hubert Ulrich 5.6%
3 / 51
FDP Free Democratic Party
Freie Demokratische Partei
Classical liberalism Christoph Hartmann 5.2%
3 / 51

Opinion pollingEdit

Polling firm Fieldwork date Sample
size
CDU SPD Grüne FDP Linke Others Lead
2009 state election 30 August 2009 34.5 24.5 5.9 9.2 21.3 4.6 10.0
Forschungsgruppe Wahlen 17–20 Aug 2009 1,000 36 26 6 9 16 7 10
Infratest dimap 18–20 Aug 2009 1,000 38 26 6 9 15 6 12
Infratest dimap 20–21 Apr 2009 1,000 36 27 7 9 18 3 9
Emnid 2–10 Mar 2009 1,000 38 23 5 8 22 4 15
Infratest dimap 23–26 Oct 2008 1,000 38 25 5 6 23 3 13
dimap 11–16 Sep 2008 1,003 42 22 6 6 20 4 20
Emnid 26 Aug–2 Sep 2008 1,002 40 23 5 6 22 4 17
Forsa 25–29 Aug 2008 1,001 37 23 5 7 24 4 13
Emnid 13–27 Feb 2008 ~500 40 25 7 6 19 ? 15
Infratest dimap September 2007 1,000 41 26 6 5 18 4 15
Emnid 30 Apr–16 May 2007 504 40 26 8 8 13 5 14
SaarZoom June 2007 600 36 35 8 7 13 1 1
Infratest dimap 9–14 Nov 2006 1,000 39 34 6 7 10 4 5
Infratest 29 Aug–10 Sep 2006 1,000 38 31 5 8 13 5 7
Infratest dimap 14–17 Jul 2005 1,000 43 23 6 5 19 4 20
Infratest 27 Jan–1 Feb 2005 1,000 44 36 7 5 8 8
2004 state election 5 September 2004 47.5 30.8 5.6 5.2 2.3 10.9 16.7

Election resultEdit

Both the CDU and SPD suffered significant losses, losing almost 20% of vote share between them. This came primarily to the benefit of The Left, which achieved by far its best result in a western state, debuting at 21.3%. The Greens and Free Democratic Party (FDP) also benefited to a lesser degree. As in a number of western states during the 2007–2009 period, the entry of The Left meant that neither the CDU–FDP nor SPD–Green coalitions won a majority.[1]

Summary of the 30 August 2009 election results for the Landtag of Saarland
Party Votes % +/- Seats +/- Seats %
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 184,537 34.5  13.0 19  8 37.3
Social Democratic Party (SPD) 131,241 24.5  6.3 13  5 25.5
The Left (Linke) 113,664 21.3  19.0[b] 11   11[c] 21.6
Free Democratic Party (FDP) 49,064 9.2  4.0 5  2 9.8
Alliance 90/The Greens (Grüne) 31,516 5.9  0.3 3  0 5.9
Family Party of Germany (FAMILIE) 10,710 2.0  1.0 0 ±0 0
National Democratic Party (NPD) 8,099 1.5  2.5 0 ±0 0
Others 5,962 1.1 0 ±0 0
Total 534,793 100.0 51 ±0
Voter turnout 67.6  12.1
Popular Vote
CDU
34.51%
SPD
24.54%
DIE LINKE
21.25%
FDP
9.17%
B'90/GRÜNE
5.89%
Other
4.63%
Landtag seats
CDU
37.25%
SPD
25.49%
DIE LINKE
21.57%
FDP
9.80%
B'90/GRÜNE
5.88%

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Results for PDS.
  2. ^ Compared to results for PDS.
  3. ^ Compared to results for PDS.

ReferencesEdit