The Public Takes Apple’s Side in Standoff with FBI

The majority of voters now think Apple was right to resist the FBI’s court order.

The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC poll shows how far public opinion has moved in the three weeks since a California court ordered Apple to help the FBI force its way into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

A Pew Research survey conducted Feb. 18-21 found that 51% of respondents supported the Department of Justice’s order. Only 38% supported Apple’s defiance. (By contrast, the Internet polls were all for Apple.)

According to the WSJ/NBC survey released Wednesday, public opinion has since flipped. Now only 42% believe Apple should cooperate, and 47% think the company should resist.

Republicans and Democrats are split on the issue, but Independent voters side with Apple 2 to 1.

In the interactive chart below, switch between Cooperate and Resist to see how the different groups responded.

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