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Pew research indicates that Americans side with FBI in Apple debate


By Doug Zanger, Americas Editor

February 25, 2016 | 2 min read

As Apple and the FBI continue digging in to the controversy over unlocking an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorist attack suspects, the American public, according to research from the Pew Research Center, is leaning more towards the FBI with 51 per cent of people surveyed indicating that they feel Apple should unlock the smartphone, while 38 per cent feel Apple should stand firm and not unlock the device.

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The data also indicates that both Democrats (55 per cent) and Republicans (56 per cent) surveyed are virtually even in their opinion that the Cupertino, California-based company should unlock the phone to help aid the FBI’s investigation. Independents, those who don’t necessarily identify with a single party, have different perspectives with 58 per cent of Republican-leaning independents believing that the company should unlock the phone and 55 per cent of independents who lean more towards the Democratic party siding with Apple in the debate.

Owners or an iPhone are evenly split with 47 percent saying the company should comply with the FBI’s demands and court order — and 43 per cent surveyed saying the company should hold firm due to privacy and security concerns.

Infographic: Where Americans Stand on the Apple-FBI Dispute | Statista

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Sources: Pew Reseach Center and Statista

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