Final paragraphs from an assessment of Apple/FBI Pew Research poll results (see More Support for Justice Department Than for Apple in Dispute Over Unlocking iPhone for details); also see Solid support for Apple in iPhone encryption fight: poll (Reuters); on a related note, see Apple Is Facing U.S. Demand to Unlock 9 More iPhones (NYT)
"Greater familiarity with technology, and what it can and can't be used for, can lend a different perspective on a range of issues. On this one in particular, even basic exposure to smartphones can be enough to sway some Americans into viewing the FBI's position more skeptically. By a 41-33 margin, smartphone owners were far more likely to support Apple's position than non-smartphone owners in the Pew study this week.The real reason half of America supports the FBI over Apple - The Washington Post
It took seven months for public opinion to shift on the NSA. Apple may be hoping for a similar outcome on this issue, but the pace at which this saga is playing out suggests the company may not have that kind of time."