Should New York City restaurants charge patrons an extra 20 percent and eliminate the tip? No way, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month.
Voters citywide rejected the concept by a 55-36 percent margin. There was no support for the proposal among any party, gender, borough or age group, Quinnipiac said.
New York City voters support by a 70-27 percent margin raising the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 per hour over the next three years. A total of 56 percent say a $15 minimum wage will not result in restaurant closings and loss of jobs, and 57 percent said they would pay more for fast food so workers could get higher wages.
Only Republicans opposed the measure, 60-39 percent. Republicans were also 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,” Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll said in a news release. “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.”