How A 6-3 Conservative Majority Shaped The Supreme Court This Term

The Supreme Court opened its summer recess on Thursday with a conservative majority of 6-3, which gives some insight into the Supreme Court's new ideological orientation since the October addition of Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Analysts describe the court as having largely avoided a hard right turn with more unanimous decisions than expected and idiosyncratic splittings. This episode of FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast features Laura Bronner, a FiveThirtyEight contributor, discussing what data can tell us regarding the ideological direction the court. Kate Shaw, a legal scholar, explains some of the details of major cases, focusing in particular on election law.