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Apple's Cook is second most favorable tech CEO: Poll

Americans still like Tim Cook: Survey

Despite the controversy over his company's ongoing legal dispute with the FBI, Apple CEO Tim Cook holds the second-highest approval rating of tech CEOs in a poll of registered voters released Friday.

Who beat him out? None other than Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

According to a poll of 1,935 registered voters released by research firm Morning Consult, about 39 percent of respondents view Cook favorably. The poll was conducted earlier this week and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percent.

Cook's approval rating is second to Zuckerberg's, which was 48 percent.

The poll comes as Apple has been embroiled in a high-profile legal dispute with the FBI, who wants the tech company to help access encrypted data on an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters. Citing privacy and trust reasons, Cook has rebuffed the law enforcement agency's requests.

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Morning Consult found that about half of registered votes believe that Apple should comply with the FBI's request to unlock the iPhone. Those findings echo the results of a recent Pew study, which also found more support for the agency's position than for Apple's.

Notably, about 44 percent of those polled by Morning Consult said they didn't know who Cook is, and 31 percent said they didn't know who Zuckerberg is.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was the third most-favorable tech CEO in the Morning Consult poll.

Apple did not immediately return a request for comment.