November 2, 2015 - New Yorkers Want To Keep On Tipping, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Manhattan V. Boroughs Divide On Taxi TV Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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Eliminating restaurant tipping and charging higher menu prices to compensate employees is a "bad idea," New York City voters say 55 - 36 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll released today. No party, gender, borough or age group supports the idea.

By 56 - 39 percent, voters say they would be unwilling to pay an extra 20 percent for a restaurant meal if it means eliminating the tip, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. Again, there is no group in support of the idea.

The lowest opposition to no-tip dining comes from Manhattan voters who say 48 - 41 percent that eliminating tips is a bad idea and who are unwilling 49 - 45 percent to pay more for a meal and tip less.

New York City voters support 70 - 27 percent raising the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 per hour over the next three years. Republicans are opposed 60 - 39 percent, but every other group supports the measure.

A $15 minimum wage will not result in restaurant closings and loss of jobs, voters say 56 - 36 percent. And voters say 57 - 33 percent they would be willing to pay more for fast food so workers could get higher wages. Republicans are the only group unwilling to pay more, 55 - 35 percent.

"Here's a tip for restaurateurs: Keep the tip. Most New Yorkers like this dining tradition just the way it is," said Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll.

"What would the poll show if we just surveyed the people who work for tips?

"While they don't want to give up tipping and pay more for waiter/waitress service, New Yorkers are willing to pay more for fast food to help those workers earn more."

There is a borough divide as New York City voters say 45 - 40 percent keep the TVs in the back of taxi cabs. Manhattan voters say 49 - 36 percent that the TVs should be removed. In the so-called "outer boroughs," support for taxi TVs ranges from 42 - 41 percent in Brooklyn to 53 - 32 percent in Queens.

"The taxi TVs are a "pleasant diversion," 45 percent of voters say, while 41 percent say they are an "annoyance."

Voters 18 to 34 years old say 57 - 35 percent that taxi TVs should stay and 50 - 36 percent that they are a "pleasant diversion."

"Those TV screens in taxicabs - an amenity or a pain? It depends where you watch them. More Manhattanites, who ride a lot of taxis, would like to throw out the TVs," Carroll said. "But taxi TVs are popular in the other boroughs, where people don't see so many cabs."

Only 21 percent of New York City voters have used Uber, but the app-driven car service has a 43 - 16 percent favorability rating.

Traditional car service is the choice of 41 percent of voters, with 24 percent for yellow cabs and 19 percent for Uber.

Voters are divided 42 - 41 percent on limiting the number of Uber cars on New York City streets, but say 50 - 37 percent that limiting Uber cars would not reduce traffic.

Elected officials are trying to limit Uber because of campaign donations from the yellow cab industry, 58 percent of voters say, while 16 percent say officials are acting in the city's best interest.

From October 22 - 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,155 New York City voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter @QuinnipiacPoll.

57. Do you support or oppose raising the minimum wage for fast food workers in New York City to $15 an hour over the next three years?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              70%    39%    83%    63%    65%    75%    60%    85%    76%
Oppose               27     60     15     33     32     22     37     13     21
DK/NA                 3      1      2      3      3      3      3      2      3
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              75%    62%    79%    74%    60%    56%    73%    76%    79%
Oppose               24     34     18     24     39     42     26     21     18
DK/NA                 1      4      3      2      1      3      1      3      3
 
 
58. Do you think raising the minimum wage for fast food workers in New York City to $15 an hour will or will not result in restaurant closings and loss of jobs?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Result in closings   36%    66%    25%    42%    38%    33%    41%    26%    34%
Will not             56     28     66     51     55     57     52     68     57
DK/NA                 8      6      9      7      6     10      8      7     10
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Result in closings   32%    37%    29%    38%    50%    45%    32%    29%    37%
Will not             58     56     59     56     43     48     60     64     55
DK/NA                10      7     11      6      7      6      8      7      8
 
 
59. Would you be willing or unwilling to pay more for fast food in New York City so workers could get higher wages?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Willing to pay more  57%    35%    64%    57%    57%    58%    57%    63%    53%
Unwilling            33     55     28     33     35     32     32     29     36
DK/NA                 9     10      8     10      8     11     10      9     12
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Willing to pay more  60%    52%    66%    57%    48%    48%    59%    58%    68%
Unwilling            34     35     24     36     42     45     33     33     21
DK/NA                 6     12     10      7     10      7      8      9     11
 
 
60. Have you used Uber, the mobile phone app used to order car service?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  21%    21%    18%    26%    25%    17%    25%    17%    18%
No                   78     77     81     73     74     82     74     81     79
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      1      2      1      2      3
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  13%    22%    32%    15%    10%    29%    30%    13%    10%
No                   83     78     68     83     89     71     68     85     88
DK/NA                 4      1      -      2      -      -      2      2      1
 
 
61. Is your opinion of Uber favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            43%    55%    41%    41%    47%    40%    47%    40%    41%
Unfavorable          16      9     19     16     15     17     15     12     17
Hvn't hrd enough     36     32     36     39     33     39     33     44     36
REFUSED               4      4      4      5      5      4      5      4      6
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable            44%    44%    48%    39%    35%    49%    48%    42%    31%
Unfavorable          17     11     20     20     15     20     19     16      9
Hvn't hrd enough     36     39     28     37     46     29     27     37     55
REFUSED               3      6      4      4      5      2      5      5      5
 
 
62. Do you prefer a yellow cab, or a car service where you call to order a car, or Uber?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yellow cab           24%    15%    28%    18%    24%    24%    22%    22%    24%
Car service          41     51     37     45     32     48     47     37     47
Uber                 19     25     18     20     27     13     18     23     16
DK/NA                16     10     17     16     17     15     13     18     13
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yellow cab           19%    18%    35%    24%    26%    27%    21%    27%    23%
Car service          47     46     27     43     39     38     35     43     47
Uber                 12     23     23     17     17     26     29     15      8
DK/NA                21     14     15     16     18      9     15     15     23
 
 
63. Do you support or oppose placing limits on the number of cars Uber can have on New York City streets?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              42%    37%    44%    40%    42%    42%    43%    39%    42%
Oppose               41     47     38     45     43     39     41     40     43
DK/NA                17     16     18     16     14     20     17     21     15
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              38%    40%    45%    47%    34%    45%    37%    43%    45%
Oppose               40     46     41     33     46     45     46     41     32
DK/NA                22     14     14     20     21     10     18     16     23
 
 
64. Do you think limiting the number of cars Uber can have on New York City streets would or would not reduce traffic congestion?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Would reduce traffic 37%    39%    37%    37%    35%    38%    37%    27%    46%
Would not            50     50     52     50     55     47     50     60     42
DK/NA                13     10     12     13     10     15     13     13     12
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Would reduce traffic 30%    35%    39%    42%    36%    46%    27%    40%    40%
Would not            58     55     46     46     45     49     60     48     41
DK/NA                12     10     16     12     19      5     13     12     19
 
 
65. Do you think limiting the number of cars Uber can have on New York City streets would or would not reduce traffic congestion? COMBINED WITH: (If reduce q64) Would it reduce traffic congestion a lot or only a little?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Reduce a lot         13%    12%    15%    10%    12%    14%    10%     9%    18%
Reduce a little      21     25     19     25     21     21     24     17     25
Would not reduce     50     50     52     50     55     47     50     60     42
DK/NA                15     12     15     14     12     17     17     13     15
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Reduce a lot         12%    11%    12%    19%     9%    19%    11%    13%    10%
Reduce a little      15     23     24     20     23     26     15     24     25
Would not reduce     58     55     46     46     45     49     60     48     41
DK/NA                14     12     19     14     23      6     15     14     24
 
 
66. Do you believe elected officials are trying to limit Uber because they believe limiting Uber is in the best interest of New York City or because these elected officials receive large campaign donations from the yellow cab industry?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Best interest of NYC 16%    12%    18%    16%    18%    15%    17%    18%    17%
Campaign donations   58     70     55     60     61     56     60     56     53
DK/NA                25     18     26     24     21     28     24     26     30
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Best interest of NYC 16%    14%    18%    18%    14%    14%    14%    19%    19%
Campaign donations   61     66     51     55     60     69     64     55     45
DK/NA                23     20     31     28     25     17     21     26     36
 
 
67. Do you support or oppose the deal Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio made to pay billions of dollars to improve New York City buses and subways, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              37%    31%    40%    39%    41%    34%    42%    35%    33%
Oppose                7      4      6      9      8      6      4      6     11
Hvn't hrd enough     54     63     53     50     49     58     53     57     53
DK/NA                 2      2      1      2      1      2      1      2      3
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              36%    39%    38%    36%    32%    36%    34%    38%    40%
Oppose               11      6      8      7      5      4      9      8      6
Hvn't hrd enough     51     54     51     57     60     58     55     53     53
DK/NA                 2      1      3      1      3      2      2      1      1
 
 
68. Do you think TV screens in the back of taxi cabs should stay or be removed?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Stay                 45%    44%    45%    43%    49%    41%    31%    55%    63%
Removed              40     36     40     43     37     42     50     27     28
DK/NA                15     20     14     14     14     17     19     18      9
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Stay                 50%    42%    36%    53%    47%    57%    52%    38%    35%
Removed              36     41     49     32     35     35     35     45     42
DK/NA                13     17     15     15     18      8     13     17     23
 
 
69. Do you think TV screens in the back of taxi cabs are a pleasant diversion or an annoyance?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Pleasant diversion   45%    42%    46%    40%    47%    42%    31%    57%    64%
Annoyance            41     43     38     48     37     44     54     26     27
DK/NA                14     14     15     12     15     14     15     16      9
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Pleasant diversion   60%    38%    31%    55%    45%    50%    50%    44%    37%
Annoyance            24     46     57     31     35     36     40     42     44
DK/NA                16     15     12     13     19     14     11     15     19
 
 
70. Do you think it is a good idea or a bad idea for restaurants to eliminate tipping and charge higher prices to pay their employees more?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good idea            36%    29%    37%    38%    35%    37%    35%    40%    31%
Bad idea             55     60     54     57     57     55     55     54     59
DK/NA                 8     11      9      5      8      9     10      6     10
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Good idea            34%    36%    41%    36%    23%    41%    41%    29%    36%
Bad idea             58     57     48     56     67     54     53     64     53
DK/NA                 9      7     11      8      9      6      6      7     11
 
 
71. Would you be willing or unwilling to pay 20 percent more for your restaurant meal if it meant eliminating the tip?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Willing to pay more  39%    34%    40%    41%    41%    38%    40%    40%    39%
Unwilling            56     62     55     55     55     56     54     53     58
DK/NA                 5      4      5      4      4      6      5      7      3
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Willing to pay more  41%    38%    45%    38%    26%    36%    45%    35%    42%
Unwilling            56     57     49     57     67     62     50     60     51
DK/NA                 3      5      6      5      7      2      5      4      7
 

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