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The 9th German federal election, 1980, was conducted on 5 October 1980, to elect members to the Bundestag (parliament) of the Federal Republic of Germany.


Issues and Campaign

Chancellor Helmut Schmidt of the SPD - FDP coalition wanted to be re-elected. CDU/CSU tried to make their candidate the elected Chancellor, CSU leader Franz Josef Strauß. It was the first time that their candidate was from the CSU. Strauß, immensely popular in Bavaria, found it difficult to appeal to people in other parts of Germany.


Party Party List votes Vote percentage (change) Total Seats (change) Seat percentage
Social Democratic Party 16,260,677 42.9% +0.3% 218 +4 43.9%
Free Democratic Party (FDP) 4,030,999 10.6% +2.7% 53 +14 10.7%
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 12,989,200 34.2% -3.8% 174 -16 35.0%
Christian Social Union (CSU) 3,908,459 10.3% -0.3% 52 -1 10.5%
The Greens 569,589 1.5% +1.5% 0 +0 0.0%
All Others 180,057 0.5%   0   0.0%
Totals 37,938,981 100.0%   497 +1 100.0%
Seat results -- SPD in red, FDP in yellow, CDU/CSU in black


The coalition between the SPD and the FDP returned to government, with Helmut Schmidt as Chancellor. In 1982, the FDP quit the government, and this led to the government's collapse followed by a new CDU/CSU - FDP coalition under Helmut Kohl.




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