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Poll: Public Sides With FBI on Unlocking Terror Suspect’s iPhone

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More Americans side with the FBI than with Apple on the question of whether the tech giant should create software to unlock an iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino terror suspects.

In a Pew survey of 1,002 adults conducted from Feb. 18 to 21, 51% said Apple should unlock the phone, compared with 38% who said it should not and 11% who did not have an opinion.

Approximately equal shares of Republicans (56%) and Democrats (55%) said Apple should unlock the phone, while Independents were more evenly split among themselves on the issue, with 45% supporting the FBI and 42% supporting Apple.

Among iPhone owners, 47% said the phone should be unlocked, compared with 43% who felt it should not in order to protect other users’ privacy and security.


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