New Pew Research Shows More Americans Side With FBI Over Apple in Unlocking iPhone Case


The slimmest majority of American adults believe that Apple should accede to the government’s demand that it unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. Research published Monday by the Pew Research Center finds that 51 percent of American adults believe Apple should cooperate with the FBI and unlock the phone; 38 percent say Apple should not unlock it; and 11 percent offered no opinion on the question.

Pew conducted its research, a poll of 1,002 American adults living in the continental United States, as the stand-off between the FBI and the world’s richest company now a hot-button issue, not just among technology and privacy wonks but among the general public. While the loudest voices online have given support to Apple’s position, Pew’s research appears to suggest that the American public feels that the government is in the right.

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald J. Trump, himself an iPhone user, was the first politician to voice an opinion on the matter, calling for a boycott of Apple until the company cooperated with the government’s investigation. Trump’s status as an iPhone user who opposes Apple’s position is not unusual: Pew found 47 percent of iPhone owners felt that Apple should comply, compared to 43 percent of iPhone owners who felt the company should not.

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SOURCE: International Business Times, Max Willens