More evidence that 99% of all statistics are made up (yes, it’s an old joke, but I like it): according to a national survey by the Pew Research Center, there’s more support for the Justice Department than Apple in the iPhone unlocking brouhaha, but a poll by Reuters/Ipsos shows that half of Americans support the tech company’s decision to oppose a federal court order demanding that it unlock a smartphone used by San Bernardino shooter Rizwan Farook.
Forty-six percent of respondents said they agreed with Apple's position, 35% said they disagreed, and 20% said they didn’t know. The responses to the privacy questions in the poll are similar to results from a 2013 Reuters/Ipsos poll, showing a consistent desire on the part of Americans to keep their phone, Internet communications and other data private.
When asked if the government would use the ability to unlock phones to "spy on iPhone users," 55% said they agreed, 28% disagreed. and the rest said they weren’t sure. Opinion on whether Apple is right is divided by political party lines: 54% of Democrats agree with Apple, while only 37% of Republicans support the company. The online Reuters/Ipsos survey was conducted Feb. 19 to 23 with more than 1,500 U.S. adults.