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2007 Madrid City Council election

2007 Madrid City Council election

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All 57 seats in the City Council of Madrid
29 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Registered2,405,455 3.1%
Turnout1,585,441 (65.9%)
3.0 pp
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón Miguel Sebastián Ángel Pérez
Leader since 16 October 2002 25 October 2006 26 January 2007
Last election 30 seats, 51.3% 21 seats, 36.7% 4 seats, 7.2%
Seats won 34 18 5
Seat change 4 3 1
Popular vote 877,589 487,887 136,881
Percentage 55.6% 30.9% 8.7%
Swing 4.3 pp 5.8 pp 1.5 pp

Mayor before election

Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón

Elected Mayor

Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón

The 2007 Madrid City Council election, also the 2007 Madrid municipal election, was held on Sunday, 27 May 2007, to elect the 8th City Council of the municipality of Madrid. All 57 seats in the City Council were up for election. The election was held simultaneously with regional elections in thirteen autonomous communities and local elections all throughout Spain.

Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón's People's Party (PP) went on to win the largest victory achieved by a candidate in a municipal election in Madrid to date, with over 55% of the votes and nearly 60% of the seats. The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) plummeted barely above 1995 levels, while United Left (IU) recovered from its negative result in 2003 and gained support for the first time since 1995.

Electoral system

The City Council of Madrid (Spanish: Ayuntamiento de Madrid) was the top-tier administrative and governing body of the municipality of Madrid, composed of the mayor, the government council and the elected plenary assembly.[1] Elections to the local councils in Spain were fixed for the fourth Sunday of May every four years.[2] Voting for the local assembly was on the basis of universal suffrage, which comprised all nationals over 18 years of age, registered in the municipality of Madrid and in full enjoyment of their political rights, as well as resident non-national European citizens and those whose country of origin allowed Spanish nationals to vote in their own elections by virtue of a treaty.

Local councillors were elected using the D'Hondt method and a closed list proportional representation, with an electoral threshold of five percent of valid votes—which included blank ballots—being applied in each local council.[1][2] Councillors were allocated to municipal councils based on the following scale:

Population Councillors
<250 5
251–1,000 7
1,001–2,000 9
2,001–5,000 11
5,001–10,000 13
10,001–20,000 17
20,001–50,000 21
50,001–100,000 25
>100,001 +1 per each 100,000 inhabitants or fraction
+1 if total is an even number

The mayor was indirectly elected by the plenary assembly. A legal clause required that mayoral candidates earned the vote of an absolute majority of councillors, or else the candidate of the most-voted party in the assembly was to be automatically appointed to the post. In the event of a tie, the appointee would be determined by lot.[1]

The electoral law allowed for parties and federations registered in the interior ministry, coalitions and groupings of electors to present lists of candidates. Parties and federations intending to form a coalition ahead of an election were required to inform the relevant Electoral Commission within ten days of the election call, whereas groupings of electors needed to secure the signature of a determined amount of the electors registered in the municipality for which they were seeking election, disallowing electors from signing for more than one list of candidates. For the case of Madrid, as its population was over 1,000,001, at least 8,000 signatures were required.[2]

Opinion polls

The table below lists voting intention estimates in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first and using the dates when the survey fieldwork was done, as opposed to the date of publication. Where the fieldwork dates are unknown, the date of publication is given instead. The highest percentage figure in each polling survey is displayed with its background shaded in the leading party's colour. If a tie ensues, this is applied to the figures with the highest percentages. The "Lead" column on the right shows the percentage-point difference between the parties with the highest percentages in a poll. When available, seat projections determined by the polling organisations are displayed below (or in place of) the percentages in a smaller font; 29 seats were required for an absolute majority in the City Council of Madrid.

Color key:

  Exit poll


Summary of the 27 May 2007 City Council of Madrid election results
Parties and alliances Popular vote Seats
Votes % ±pp Total +/−
People's Party (PP) 877,589 55.65 +4.35 34 +4
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 487,887 30.94 –5.74 18 –3
United Left of the Community of Madrid (IUCM) 136,881 8.68 +1.46 5 +1
The Greens (LV, LVM, LVCM, LV–GV)1 14,011 0.89 –1.24 0 ±0
Spanish Alternative (AES) 6,140 0.39 New 0 ±0
Anti-Bullfighting Party Against Mistreatment of Animals (PACMA) 3,167 0.20 New 0 ±0
For a Fairer World (PUM+J) 2,501 0.16 New 0 ±0
Spanish Phalanx of the CNSO (FE–JONS) 1,920 0.12 New 0 ±0
Democratic and Social Centre (CDS) 1,681 0.11 –0.02 0 ±0
National Democracy (DN) 1,571 0.10 New 0 ±0
Family and Life Party (PFyV) 1,390 0.09 –0.09 0 ±0
The Phalanx (FE) 1,353 0.09 –0.04 0 ±0
Republican Left (IR) 1,272 0.08 –0.13 0 ±0
Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain (PCPE) 1,253 0.08 New 0 ±0
Madrid First (PM) 1,163 0.07 +0.02 0 ±0
Humanist Party (PH) 950 0.06 ±0.00 0 ±0
Liberal Democratic Centre (CDL) 834 0.05 New 0 ±0
Commoners' Land (TC) 821 0.05 ±0.00 0 ±0
Democratic Innovation (ID) 664 0.04 New 0 ±0
Authentic Phalanx (FA) 530 0.03 –0.01 0 ±0
Catholic Tercio of Political Action (TCAP) 461 0.03 New 0 ±0
Liberal Centrist Union (UCL) 318 0.02 New 0 ±0
Immigrants with Rights, Equality and Obligations (INDIO) 308 0.02 –0.01 0 ±0
Union for Leganés (ULEG) 188 0.01 New 0 ±0
European Ibero-American Alliance Party (PAIE) 151 0.01 New 0 ±0
Blank ballots 32,066 2.03 +0.43
Total 1,577,070 57 +2
Valid votes 1,577,070 99.47 –0.09
Invalid votes 8,371 0.53 +0.09
Votes cast / turnout 1,585,441 65.91 –3.02
Abstentions 820,014 34.09 +3.02
Registered voters 2,405,455
Popular vote
Blank ballots


Opinion poll sources
  1. ^ "Madrid: el PP revalidaría la mayoría en Asamblea y Ayuntamiento". Expansión (in Spanish). 27 May 2007.
  2. ^ "27-M. 22:00h. Cierre de colegios, primeros sondeos". Es por Madrid (in Spanish). 27 May 2007.
  3. ^ "El 62% de ciudadanos cree que la pregunta a Gallardón sobre 'Malaya' perjudica a Sebastián". El Mundo (in Spanish). 20 May 2007.
  4. ^ "Gallardón y Aguirre ampliarían su victoria en Madrid con más del 52% de los votos". ABC (in Spanish). 20 May 2007.
  5. ^ "El PP se crece en Madrid y Valencia y el PSOE amarra Barcelona y Sevilla". El País (in Spanish). 21 May 2007.
  6. ^ "Gallardón aumenta su apoyo en Madrid tras un mandato de obras". El País (in Spanish). 21 May 2007.
  7. ^ "La campaña por Madrid echa a andar con todas las encuestas favorables al PP". ABC (in Spanish). 10 May 2007.
  8. ^ "El PP revalidaría la mayoría en el Ayuntamiento y la Comunidad de Madrid". Cadena SER (in Spanish). 11 May 2007.
  9. ^ "Pulsómetro 11/05/2007". Cadena SER (in Spanish). 11 May 2007. Archived from the original on 13 May 2007.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  10. ^ "Preelectoral elecciones municipales, 2007. Ciudad de Madrid (Estudio nº 2704. Mayo 2007)" (PDF). CIS (in Spanish). 11 May 2007.
  11. ^ "Gallardón mantiene la mayoría absoluta". El País (in Spanish). 26 March 2007.
  12. ^ "Gallardón mantiene la mayoría absoluta del PP en Madrid". El País (in Spanish). 26 March 2007.
  13. ^ "Blanco asegura que "Gallardón está muy tocado" y atribuye más "tirón" a Aguirre". ABC (in Spanish). 1 March 2007.
  14. ^ "El PP de Aguirre y Gallardón se distancia de un PSOE estancado". ABC (in Spanish). 12 March 2007.
  15. ^ "Aguirre y Gallardón ganan a sus rivales en valoración y arrasan en intención de voto". ABC (in Spanish). 12 March 2007.
  16. ^ "El PP espera ganar por goleada". El Mundo (in Spanish). 28 March 2007.
  17. ^ "El alcalde de las obras crece en votos". El Mundo (in Spanish). 27 November 2006.
  18. ^ "Aguirre y Gallardón aumentan su ventaja según una encuesta de SIGMA DOS-El Mundo". 20minutos (in Spanish). 27 November 2006.
  19. ^ "Suspiro de alivio en Génova con la última encuesta de Madrid". Semanal Digital (in Spanish). 17 September 2006.[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ "Rajoy saca peor nota que Zapatero en los bastiones electorales del PP". El País (in Spanish). 2 May 2006.
  21. ^ "Informe Encuesta Comunidad y Ayuntamiento de Madrid. Abril 2006" (PDF). Instituto Opina (in Spanish). 2 May 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 January 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  22. ^ "Aguirre pierde la mayoría absoluta, según una macroencuesta encargada por el PSOE". El País (in Spanish). 15 May 2005.
  1. ^ a b c "Ley 7/1985, de 2 de abril, Reguladora de las Bases del Régimen Local". Law No. 7 of 2 April 1985 (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Ley Orgánica 5/1985, de 19 de junio, del Régimen Electoral General". Organic Law No. 5 of 19 June 1985 (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Electoral Results Consultation. European Parliament. June 2004. Madrid Municipality". Ministry of the Interior (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Electoral Results Consultation. Congress. March 2004. Madrid Municipality". Ministry of the Interior (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  5. ^ "2007 Municipal Election. Madrid" (PDF). (in Spanish). City Council of Madrid. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Local election results, 27 May 2007" (PDF). Central Electoral Commission (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Electoral Results Consultation. Municipal. May 2007. Madrid Municipality". Ministry of the Interior (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Elecciones Municipales en Madrid (1979 - 2015)". Historia (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 September 2017.
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