How Casting the Deciding Vote Influences Justices’ Decisions
New research shows that Supreme Court justices are more likely to vote in line with their ideology when casting a pivotal vote.
This graph shows how the justices' votes changed in terms of ideology when a vote was pivotal. Justices near the “no change” line did not significantly alter their votes when they were pivotal. Those to the left tended to vote more liberal when casting the swing vote, and those to the right tended to vote more conservative.
Visualization: Frank Elavsky, Northwestern University IT.