Wednesday, September 5, 2012

PQ percentage of the vote and seats since 1970

It is interesting to look at how the PQ has done and the implications of the First Past the Post electoral system

Election  % of vote  seats % of seats
1970       23.06%      7     6.48%
1973       30.22%      6     5.56%
1976       41.37%     71    64.55%
1981       49.26%     80    65.57%
1985       38.69%     23    18.85%
1989       40.16%     29    23.20%
1994       44.75%     77    61.60%
1998       42.87%     76    60.80%
2003       33.24%     45    36.00%
2007       28.35%     36    28.80%
2008       35.15%     51    40.80%
2012       31.94%     54    43.20%

The percentage of the public supporting the PQ in this election is low for them, 2007 was lower and before only in their first two elections.

What have is the interesting result of the PQ losing support but gaining three seats and thereby becoming government.

31.94% for a party that is set to form government is shockingly low, if it were not for the vagaries of the electoral system this election would have been seen as a serious failure of Marois and the PQ
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