In online interviews run between Feb. 19 and 23, 46 percent of Americans supported Apple’s resistance, while 35 percent disagreed, Reuters/Ipsos found. 20 percent of the poll group said they didn’t know.
Positions appear to be closely linked to political views, since while 54 percent of Democrats supported Apple, only 37 percent of Republicans did. Likewise, 53 percent of Republicans agreed with the idea that the government should be able to peer into smartphone data to protect against terrorism, while the figure was only 46 percent for Democrats. Overall support for anti-terror smartphone snooping was also 46 percent.
Another influential factor appears to be age, as 64 percent of people between 18 and 39 sided with Apple.
Some 55 percent of the poll group believed that the government would use the ability to unlock iPhones to “spy on iPhone users.” 28 percent disagreed.