Justices by Ideology

The Supreme Court Database codes most decisions as either conservative or liberal (see definitions). Using that information and justices’ votes, we computed an ideological direction for each justice’s votes on First Amendment cases:

Case direction    If justice votes with majority    If justice votes in dissent
conservative conservative liberal
liberal liberal conservative

Then we averaged all votes by that justice over a given year and compared the averages over time. These results may be compared to Martin-Quinn scores, which examine justices’ voting records on all cases.

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