The ​Supreme Court is leaning left the most in nearly 50 years

On Thursday, the interns raced down the steps of the Supreme Court building and delivered the news that Affordable Health Care is to remain unscathed for now. Then, the following day history was made when the Supreme Court ruled to make same-sex marriage legal throughout the nation.

These decisions may come as a surprise to some because it is a conservative court under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. However, the trends show that liberal decisions are becoming increasingly common.

Decisions made since 1946 can be seen in the below info-graph based on information from the Supreme Court Database collected by Find the Best. Based on this information, it becomes apparent that Supreme Court ideology has changed more recently. It is now leaning more liberal than it has since 1969.

Supreme Court Decision Ideology | InsideGov

It is a modest slight to the left as compared to under Chief Justice Earl Warren where the majority of decisions made were liberal.

Although it can be argued what is considered to be a conservation or liberal decision, the New York Times notes "decisions favoring criminal defendants, unions and people claiming discrimination or violation of their civil rights are considered liberal. Decisions striking down economic regulations and favoring prosecutors, employers and the government are conservative."

Three more decisions are expected to be made Monday, which could lead to a further uptick of blue.
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