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Do you tip enough?

Ever wondered if you aren’t tipping enough at restaurants? A survey conducted by the Princeton Survey Research Associates International and created by CreditCards.com takes a look at tipping behaviors.

A news release says that the top tippers include:

– Republicans

– Northeasterners

– Men

– Credit/debit card users

Customers residing in these groups tend to tip a median of 20 percent at restaurants with other groups such as women, southerners, Democrats and people who pay in cash tipping less.

Half of restaurant tippers will typically fall into the 16 to 20 percent range, and the news release says that the 11 to 15 percent range comes as a “distant second.”

“I was definitely surprised by how many people tip over 15 percent,” said CreditCards.com’s senior industry analyst, Matt Schulz, in a news release, “but I was also surprised by how many people never tip at all at a restaurant. How is that even possible? I’m guessing they don’t get very good service on their next visit.”

The news release said that out of five sit-down restaurant goers one will not tip at a restaurant on occasion. While women fall on the lower end of the tipping scale, they tip more than the other lower-end demographics (Democrats, southerners and cash tippers) by tipping 16 percent to the other’s 15 percent.

According to the news release, the survey looked at other tipping habits such as hair stylists/barbers, baristas and housekeepers at hotels. In this area women are more likely to leave a tip than men are.

What do you think about this data? How do you tip at restaurants? Email Kit Snyder at ksnyder@bizpress.net with your thoughts on tipping.

For more information about the survey go to creditcards.com/credit-card-news/best-tippers-survey.php

The survey consisted of phone interviews of 1,002 adults and was conducted by the Princeton Survey Research Associates International. The survey occurred from June 22 to 25 of 2017. According to the news release, known demographic discrepancies were corrected by weighting the statistical results and there was a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

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