2008 Hamburg state election

Summary

The 2008 Hamburg state election was held on 24 February 2008 to elect the members of the 19th Hamburg Parliament.[1] The incumbent Christian Democratic Union led by First Mayor Ole von Beust government lost its majority. The CDU subsequently formed a coalition government with the Green Alternative List. This was the first time the CDU had formed a state government with the Greens in Germany.[2][3]

2008 Hamburg state election

← 2004 24 February 2008 2011 →

All 121 seats in the Hamburg Parliament
61 seats needed for a majority
Turnout777,531 (63.5%)
Decrease 5.2%
  First party Second party
  Ole von Beust 3289c.JPG Michael Naumann.jpg
Leader Ole von Beust Michael Naumann
Party CDU SPD
Last election 63 seats, 47.2% 41 seats, 30.5%
Seats won 56 45
Seat change Decrease 7 Increase 4
Popular vote 331,067 265,516
Percentage 42.6% 34.1%
Swing Decrease 4.6% Increase 3.6%

  Third party Fourth party
  Christa Goetsch v2.jpg 2011-06-23-dora-heyenn-by-RalfR-06.jpg
Leader Christa Goetsch Dora Heyenn
Party Green Left
Last election 17 seats, 12.3% Did not run
Seats won 12 8
Seat change Decrease 5 Increase 8
Popular vote 74,472 50,132
Percentage 9.6% 6.4%
Swing Decrease 2.7% Increase 6.4%

Mayor before election

Ole von Beust
CDU

Elected Mayor

Ole von Beust
CDU

PartiesEdit

The table below lists parties represented in the 18th Hamburg Parliament.

Name Ideology Leader(s) 2004 result
Votes (%) Seats
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany
Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands
Christian democracy Ole von Beust 47.2%
63 / 121
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany
Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands
Social democracy Michael Naumann 30.5%
41 / 121
GAL Green Alternative List
Grün-Alternative-Liste Hamburg
Green politics Christa Goetsch 12.3%
17 / 121

Opinion pollingEdit

Polling firm Fieldwork date Sample
size
CDU SPD GAL FDP Linke Others Lead
2008 state election 24 Feb 2008 42.6 34.1 9.6 4.8 6.4 2.5 8.5
GMS 18–20 Feb 2008 1,002 40 35 9 4 8 4 5
election.de 14–19 Feb 2008 1,010 41 35 10 4 6 4 6
Psephos 12–16 Feb 2008 1,006 42 34 9 5 7 3 8
Infratest dimap 14–15 Feb 2008 1,000 39 35 9 5 9 3 4
Emnid 5–12 Feb 2008 1,000 42 32 11 5 7 ? 10
Forschungsgruppe Wahlen 12–14 Feb 2008 1,018 41 34 10 5 7 3 7
Infratest dimap 12–13 Feb 2008 1,000 39 35 10 5 8 3 4
Infratest dimap 29–30 Jan 2008 1,000 41 33 10 5 7 4 8
Psephos 18–23 Jan 2008 1,003 42 36 10 3.5 5 3.5 6
election.de 16–22 Jan 2008 750 37 38 13 5 6 1 1
Infratest dimap 2–4 Jan 2008 1,000 40 35 11 4 6 4 5
Emnid 10 Dec–2 Jan 2008 600 42 31 13 5 7 2 11
AMR Düsseldorf 29 Dec 2007 1,000 42 33 12 4 7 2 9
Infratest dimap 7–12 Dec 2007 1,000 41 34 12 3 7 3 7
TNS Infratest 4–7 Dec 2007 1,216 40 33 13 3 7 ? 7
Psephos 3–7 Dec 2007 1,007 44 33 12 3 5 3 11
Emnid 22 Nov–5 Dec 2007 603 41 31 12 5 8 3 10
Infratest dimap 3–5 Sep 2007 1,000 42 32 13 4 7 2 10
TNS Infratest 13–15 Aug 2007 1,001 42 33 13 3 6 3 9
Psephos 28 Jun–3 Jul 2007 1,005 45 30 14 3 5 3 15
Forsa 14–18 May 2007 1,001 41 29 16 4 6 4 12
Emnid 12–14 Mar 2007 1,000 44 32 12 5 4 3 12
Psephos 26–27 Feb 2007 958 45 31 14 3 3 4 14
Emnid 5–7 Feb 2007 1,000 43 32 13 3 4 5 11
Psephos 5 Jan 2007 1,002 44 33 13 3 4 3 11
Infratest dimap 19–22 Oct 2006 1,000 35 36 14 6 4 5 1
Forsa 1–8 Aug 2006 1,001 44 27 14 5 5 5 17
Psephos 5 May 2006 1,004 45 33 12 2 2.5 5.5 12
Psephos 17 Feb 2006 1,005 47 32 12 3 3 3 15
Emnid 6–8 Feb 2006 1,000 46 33 13 3 3 2 13
Psephos 9 Jan 2006 721 46 31 13 3 4 3 15
Psephos 3–6 Sep 2005 1,011 49 30 12 3 3 3 19
Psephos 2–3 Aug 2005 1,000 48 28 14 2 5 3 20
Psephos 21–24 Apr 2005 1,002 46 29 14 4 7 17
Psephos 21–24 Feb 2005 1,005 48 29 14 3 6 19
Psephos 21–23 Oct 2004 1,001 48 28 14 4 6 20
Emnid 12 Aug 2004 ? 48 25 17 3 7 23
Psephos 18–22 Jun 2004 1,007 50 25 16 4 5 25
2004 state election 29 Feb 2004 47.2 30.5 12.3 2.8 7.1 16.7

Election resultEdit

Summary of the 24 February 2008 election results for the Hamburg Parliament
Party Votes % +/- Seats +/- Seats %
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 331,067 42.6  4.6 56  7 46.3
Social Democratic Party (SPD) 265,516 34.1  3.6 45  4 37.2
Green Alternative List (GAL) 74,472 9.6  2.7 12  5 9.9
The Left (Linke) 50,132 6.4  6.4 8  8 6.6
Free Democratic Party (FDP) 36,953 4.8  2.0 0 ±0 0
German People's Union (DVU) 6,354 0.8  0.8 0 ±0 0
Others 13,037 1.7 0 ±0 0
Total 777,531 100.0 121 ±0
Voter turnout 63.5  5.2
Popular Vote
CDU
42.58%
SPD
34.15%
GAL
9.58%
DIE LINKE
6.45%
FDP
4.75%
Other
2.49%
Bürgerschaft seats
CDU
46.28%
SPD
37.19%
GAL
9.92%
DIE LINKE
6.61%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Parkin, Brian (November 30, 2007), Merkel's Party Must Be `Resolute,' Resist SPD, Lawmakers Say, Bloomberg.com, retrieved 2009-07-24
  2. ^ "German conservatives win most votes", USA Today, 2008-02-24, retrieved 2008-08-13
  3. ^ Kopp, Martin (2008-08-12), Geheime Absprachen zwischen CDU und Grünen (in German), Hamburg, Germany: Die Welt, archived from the original on 2009-06-29, retrieved 2008-08-13.

External linksEdit

  • The Federal Returning Officer. Retrieved on 2009-08-30.