Poll: Few back Apple in battle over data privacy

The latest research from YouGov shows that a large majority of Americans (63%) say that Apple should obey the court order that they cooperate with the FBI in unlocking the San Bernadino iPhone. Just under a quarter of Americans (23%) disagree and do not think that Apple should cooperate. Support for compliance is high across all demographics, though Republicans (72%) and women (68%) are more likely than Democrats (61%) and men (58%) to support Apple cooperating to unlock the phone.

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Americans are evenly split, however, over whether it is more important in principle to protect data privacy or to cooperate with criminal and counter-terror investigations. 41% of Americans say that it is more important to protect data privacy while 43% say that it is more important to cooperate with the government. The most noticeable split is actually between men and women. Men (49% to 38%) tend to prioritize data privacy, while women (33% to 47%) tend to say cooperating with the government is more important.

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