- HDZ wins four seats with 22.72% of votes
- SDP wins four seats with 18.71%
- First exit polls suggested five for HDZ and three for SDP
- Highest % of votes HDZ won in a municipality is 67.18%, SDP at 47.70%
- Lowest % of votes HDZ won in a municipality is 0.23%, SDP at 0.17%
Introduction – HDZ vs. SDP expectations
Let’s check out how the two main parties of Croatia fared in the 2019 EU elections. It’s time for HDZ vs. SDP 2019 EU election results rundown.
HDZ (Croatian democratic union/Hrvatska demokratska zajednica) won the majority of the popular vote at the EU with 244,076 votes (22.72%). That was enough for four seats.
Was it enough?
Hardly. HDZ communicated their intention and goal of winning five seats at the EU parliament publicly. More courageous members of the party were seen claiming they could get as much as six seats.
At the same time, surprisingly, SDP (Social-democratic party/Socijaldemokratska partija), the main opposition party, center-left won the same number of seats with 200,976 votes (18.71%).
Was that enough?
Yes. And it was enthusiastically received by party’s president Davor Bernardić. After the results came in, Bernardić took to a stage and started chanting “SDP! SDP!” with supporters. A sharp contrast – given the political turmoil and general atmosphere in SDP.
Opinion polls from 2014 EU elections until 2019 EU elections in Croatia
Polls missed most of these results. Media was covering visits of Angela Merkel (campaigning, at least unofficially for HDZ) and Frans Timmermans (doing the same for SDP) and claiming that HDZ could win five seats with SDP grabbing three. Even the first exit polls suggested HDZ winning five and SDP winning three seats.
|25 May 2014||2014 results||41.4||29.9||0.5||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|23 Nov 2018||2x1 komunikacije||25.5||18.5||7.8||13.1||7.8||7.6||1.0||--||--|
|27 Dec 2018||2x1 komunikacije||28.4||22.8||12.0||10.6||6.6||6.6||1.0||--||--|
|18 Jan 2019||IPSOS||20.1||10.6||10.8||12.5||7.5||8.9||--||--||--|
|1 Feb 2019||2x1 komunikacije||26.4||22.0||10.5||14.0||6.8||8.6||2.2||--||--|
|27 Feb 2019||IPSOS||29.6||15.7||9.4||7.2||4.9||--||--||--||--|
|28 Feb 2019||2x1 komunikacije||26.3||20.0||9.9||14.1||8.7||7.5||1.7||--||--|
|6 Mar 2019||Promocija plus||27.6||16.7||9.6||8.2||6.5||4.2||2.9||--||--|
|21 Mar 2019||Promocija plus||27.0||16.4||9.3||8.4||6.4||4.3||2.8||--||--|
|23 Mar 2019||2x1 komunikacije||26.6||20.8||10.5||14.4||8.8||6.2||1.5||--||--|
|26 Mar 2019||IPSOS||29.5||18.9||9.4||5.6||6.1||--||--||--||--|
|7 Apr 2019||Promocija plus||26.9||16.5||8.3||8.2||6.0||4.5||4.0||--||--|
|21 Apr 2019||Promocija plus||25.1||15.7||7.7||7.6||6.2||4.1||3.9||4.6||4.6|
|27 Apr 2019||IPSOS||26.9||17.4||8.7||7.1||6.0||2.8||2.7||2.8||2.7|
|29 Apr 2019||Oraclum||36.1||20.5||9.7||6.0||7.4||2.9||2.4||3.2||-|
|30 Apr 2019||2x1 komunikacije||24.0||21.0||9.8||7.9||6.8||5.0||2.7||3.2||2.5|
|8 May 2019||Promocija plus||26.0||16.2||7.9||7.0||5.6||3.4||3.1||4.3||4.4|
|20 May 2019||Promocija plus||24.5||16.4||7.4||6.9||6.7||3.6||4.4||4.7||4.8|
|23 May 2019||2x1 komunikacije||24.0||21.2||11.0||5.9||7.0||5.3||4.8||4.8||4.0|
|24 May 2019||Oraclum||34.6||21.1||11.1||5.7||7.3||2.4||2.2||3.3||--|
|24 May 2019||IPSOS||28.2||20.1||7.4||6.2||6.1||4.6||4.2||5.1||--|
|26 May 2019||2019 election results||22.72||18.71||5.66||5.19||4.67||4.37||8.52||7.89||4.40|
HDZ vs. SDP – election rundown
Full results of the EU elections in Croatia are now available, and they show a compelling political portrait of the Croatian nation. With all the votes counted and seats allocated, let’s examine how HDZ and SDP fared concerning each other.
Municipalities with least votes for HDZ (%)
|Municipality||HDZ||% HDZ||SDP||% SDP||Winner||County|
Most municipalities where HDZ has worst results are either municipalities with sizeable Serb minority or in Istria county.
However, it is interesting to notice that even though HDZ recorded low numbers, SDP was not strong in those areas, as well. SDSS (Independent Democratic Serb Party) won four out of five of them. Amsterdam Coalition took the remaining fifth spot – in Istria.
Municipalities with most votes for HDZ (%)
|Municipality||HDZ||% HDZ||SDP||% SDP||County|
HDZ can brag with winning the 67.18% of votes in Unešić – a percentage to which SDP was not able to come even close in its strongholds. All top 5 places for HDZ are above 60% mark.
Unsurprisingly, SDP recorded low numbers in those municipalities. From 0.17% in Unešić to 8.81% in Ljubeščica.
Municipalities with least votes for SDP (%)
|Municipality||SDP||% SDP||HDZ||% HDZ||Winner||County|
Expectedly, SDP is weak in more rural and conservative parts of Croatia. HDZ beats it in three of the five municipalities where SDP recorded the lowest percentage of votes. The remaining two are from the places with a sizeable Serb minority with SDSS winning in both.
Municipalities with most votes for SDP (%)
|Municipality||SDP||% SDP||HDZ||% HDZ||County|
SDP’s highest percentage share is shy of 50%, and it is at 47.70% – almost 20 pp below HDZ’s score. All the top five places are between 47.70% and 35.82% – meaning that SDP’s domination in those areas is weaker than the command enjoyed by HDZ in its strongholds.
HDZ 2019 EU election results – mapped
SDP 2019 EU election results – mapped
Side-by-side comparison of HDZ vs. SDP election results
Interactively explore the map of Croatia. Compare the share of votes won by HDZ and SDP. Just drag the slider left or right and have fun.
Relative strenght of HDZ vs. SDP on the same map