Portugal: Parties at a glance

Parties in comparison

Post-materialistic way of life
Socialist
Capitalist
Traditional way of life

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

Partido Socialista is a center-left party that is currently represented in parliament with 117 seats. The party advocates liberal lifestyles, has a dream of an open world without borders, and favors the promotalization of political decisions.

Current polls have Partido Socialista coming in at 32.6% - a loss of -9.1 since the last election.

Name Partido Socialista
Translation Socialist Party
Group in the EU Parliament S&D
Seats in parliament 117 / 230
Current poll value 32.6 (-9.1 since last election )
Political orientation Centre-left
Government Part of the government
Core topics
  • Advocates liberal lifestyles
  • Open world without borders
  • Pro multiculturalism
  • More promotionism
All information at a glance: Partido Socialista

PSD

Social Democratic Party

PSD (Partido Social Democrata) is a center-right party that is currently represented in the parliament with 71 MPs. The party is against too much regulation of markets, wants less government intervention in the economy, and wants more free world trade.

In current polls, PSD is getting 28.5% of the vote - an increase of +0.7 since the last election.

Name Partido Social Democrata
Translation Social Democratic Party
Group in the EU Parliament EPP
Seats in parliament 71 / 230
Current poll value 28.5 (+0.7 since last election )
Political orientation Centre-right
Core topics
  • Less regulation of markets
  • Less government intervention in markets/economy
  • Free world trade
  • Strict crime control
All information at a glance: PSD

Chega

Enough!

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

In current polls, Chega is getting 10.7% of the vote - an increase of +3.5 since the last election.

Name Chega
Translation Enough!
Group in the EU Parliament ID
Seats in parliament 12 / 230
Current poll value 10.7 (+3.5 since last election )
Political orientation Right-wing
All information at a glance: Chega

Iniciativa Liberal

Liberal Initiative

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

In current polls, Iniciativa Liberal comes in at 6.7%. Compared to the election, that's an increase of +1.7.

Name Iniciativa Liberal
Translation Liberal Initiative
Group in the EU Parliament RE
Seats in parliament 8 / 230
Current poll value 6.7 (+1.7 since last election )
Political orientation Liberal politics
All information at a glance: Iniciativa Liberal

CDU

Unitary Democratic Coalition

CDU (Coligação Democrática Unitária) is a left party that is currently represented in parliament with 6 seats. The party wants more government intervention in the economy, wants more regulation of markets, and favors financial redistributions from rich to poor.

In current polls, CDU comes in at 5.4%. Compared to the election, that's an increase of +1.0.

Name Coligação Democrática Unitária
Translation Unitary Democratic Coalition
Group in the EU Parliament Left
Seats in parliament 6 / 230
Current poll value 5.4 (+1.0 since last election )
Political orientation Left-wing
Core topics
  • More government intervention in markets/economy
  • More regulation of markets
  • Redistribution from rich to poor
  • Protection of local economy
All information at a glance: CDU

Bloco de Esquerda

Left Bloc

Bloco de Esquerda is a left party and currently represented in parliament with 5 MPs. The party advocates liberal lifestyles, wants more regulation of markets, and favors financial redistributions from rich to poor.

Compared to the last election, Bloco de Esquerda scores an increase of +0.6 and comes in at 5.3%.

Name Bloco de Esquerda
Translation Left Bloc
Group in the EU Parliament Left
Seats in parliament 5 / 230
Current poll value 5.3 (+0.6 since last election )
Political orientation Left-wing
Core topics
  • Advocates liberal lifestyles
  • Redistribution from rich to poor
  • More regulation of markets
  • Open-minded immigration policy
All information at a glance: Bloco de Esquerda

LIVRE

Free

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

In current polls, LIVRE is getting 1.8% of the vote - an increase of +0.5 since the last election.

Name LIVRE
Translation Free
Group in the EU Parliament Greens
Seats in parliament 1 / 230
Current poll value 1.8 (+0.5 since last election )
Political orientation Environment & Climate
All information at a glance: LIVRE

PAN

People-Animals-Nature

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

Compared to the last election, PAN scores an increase of +0.6 and comes in at 2.1%.

Name Pessoas–Animais–Natureza
Translation People-Animals-Nature
Group in the EU Parliament Greens
Seats in parliament 1 / 230
Current poll value 2.1 (+0.6 since last election )
Political orientation Animal Protection
All information at a glance: PAN

Aliança

Aliança

Aliança is a center-left party from Portugal.

Name Aliança
Seats in parliament 0 / 230
Political orientation Centre-left
All information at a glance: Aliança

CDS–Partido Popular

Democratic and Social-Popular Center

CDS–Partido Popular is a right-wing party from Portugal. The party wants less government intervention in the economy, favors traditional lifestyles, and is against too much regulation of markets.

In the current election trend, CDS–Partido Popular comes in at 1.4%, losing -0.2 compared to the last election.

Name CDS–Partido Popular
Translation Democratic and Social-Popular Center
Group in the EU Parliament EPP
Seats in parliament 0 / 230
Current poll value 1.4 (-0.2 since last election )
Political orientation Right-wing
Core topics
  • Prefers traditional lifestyles
  • Less government intervention in markets/economy
  • Less regulation of markets
  • Strict crime control
All information at a glance: CDS–Partido Popular

Frequently asked questions & answers

Where is the data from?

The data was collected as part of the 2019 Chapel Hill Expert Survey. As part of this, more than 400 policy experts assessed the positions of major parties. All parties represented in either the national parliament or the EU parliament at the time of the survey were considered. Parties' positions may change over time and differ from the values presented.

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