42% Say Restaurant Workers Likely to Earn More With Tips Than $15 Wage; 29% Disagree

Forty-two percent (42%) of U.S. adults believe workers in restaurants and bars generally earn more money with a lower hourly rate and tips than than with a $15 hourly wage. A Job Creators Network/ ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 29% disagree and 30% are not sure.

However, among those who have actually worked in a job where they are paid mostly in tips, 55% believe the workers earn more money with tips than with the higher minimum wage. Thirty-two percent (32%) take the opposite view and 13% are not sure.

Overall, 20% of American adults have held a job where most of their income came from tips.

By a 41% to 32% margin, Democrats believe restaurant and bar workers would generally earn more with a $15 minimum wage. Republicans, by a 51% to 21% margin, hold the opposite view. Among Independent voters, 45% believe the workers would earn more with tips while 22% say the opposite (see crosstab results).

The survey also found that 77% of Americans have held a minimum wage job. The vast majority (74%) did so as teenagers.

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The national survey of 1,107 Registered Voters was conducted April 29-30, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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