1986 Falkland Islands status referendum

An unofficial status referendum was held in the Falkland Islands on 2 April 1986. The result was 96% in favour of continued British sovereignty, with 88% of registered voters taking part.[1]


The referendum was carried out via a questionnaire sent out by the Falkland Islands Association and the Marplan Institute to all registered voters on the islands. The results of the "Falkland Island Sovereignty Survey" were released by Marplan on 2 April.


Choice Votes %
British sovereignty86996.45
Argentine sovereignty30.33
United Nations Trust Territory30.33
Invalid/blank votes11
Registered voters/turnout1,03388.19
Source: Direct Democracy


  1. Falkland Islands, 2 April 1986: Status Direct Democracy (in German)
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