Portugal: Political parties at a glance

Parties in comparison

Liberal
Socialist
Capitalist
Conservative

Explanation of the chart

The graph shows the economic orientation of the parties on the X-axis from left to right. The further left, the more actively the state should intervene via taxes, regulations and redistribution. The further to the right, the less the state should intervene.

On the Y-axis from top to bottom, the parties are categorized according to their life models. The further up a party, the more it prioritizes liberal lifestyles over traditional views and material goods. The further down, the more a party aligns itself with traditional lifestyles and sees the state as the moral authority for living together.

Data was collected through the 2019 Chapel Hill Expert Survey by more than 400 policy experts. Party positions may change over time. Therefore, the chart serves only as an overview and cannot make statements about specific political topics.

Ryan Bakker, Liesbet Hooghe, Seth Jolly, Gary Marks, Jonathan Polk, Jan Rovny, Marco Steenbergen, and Milada Anna Vachudova. 2020. “2019 Chapel Hill Expert Survey.” - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Partido Socialista

Socialist Party
Centre-left
S&D
EU Parliament
Government

Partido Socialista is a center-left party that is currently represented in parliament with 117 seats.

The Partido Socialista advocates for social democratic values and is committed to social justice, education, and healthcare.

PSD

Social Democratic Party
Centre-right
EPP
EU Parliament
Opposition

PSD (Partido Social Democrata) is a center-right party that is currently represented in the parliament with 71 MPs.

PSD emphasizes the importance of individual freedom, a market economy, and economic self-responsibility. It is a party rooted in conservative values.

Chega

Enough!
Right-wing
ID
EU Parliament
Opposition

Chega is a right-wing party that is currently represented in the parliament with 12 MPs.

Chega emphasizes national sovereignty, security, and cultural identity. The party is known for its conservative and nationalist values.

Iniciativa Liberal

Liberal Initiative
Liberal politics
RE
EU Parliament
Opposition

Iniciativa Liberal is a liberal party that is currently represented in parliament with 8 seats.

The party emphasizes the importance of economic freedom, reduced state intervention, and individual responsibility. It advocates for liberal values.

CDU

Unitary Democratic Coalition
Left-wing
LEFT
EU Parliament
Opposition

CDU (Coligação Democrática Unitária) is a left party that is currently represented in parliament with 6 seats.

The CDU advocates socialist and communist values. It emphasizes the importance of social justice, workers' rights, and equality.

Bloco de Esquerda

Left Bloc
Left-wing
LEFT
EU Parliament
Opposition

Bloco de Esquerda is a left party and currently represented in parliament with 5 MPs.

The Left Bloc advocates for progressive values, including social justice, gender equality, and environmental protection. The party emphasizes the importance of civil rights and individual freedom.

LIVRE

Free
Environment & Climate
G/EFA
EU Parliament
Opposition

LIVRE is a green party that is currently represented in the parliament with 1 MPs.

PAN

People-Animals-Nature
Animal Protection
G/EFA
EU Parliament
Opposition

PAN (Pessoas–Animais–Natureza) is a animal rights party and currently represented in parliament with 1 MPs.

Aliança Democrática

Democratic Alliance
Centre-right
?
EU Parliament
No seats

Aliança Democrática is a center-right party from Portugal.

CDS–Partido Popular

Democratic and Social-Popular Center
Right-wing
EPP
EU Parliament
No seats

CDS–Partido Popular is a right-wing party from Portugal.