Dr. Helen

Men and Republicans Best Tippers

But of course: Men and Republicans Are the Best Tippers:

Hoping to get a good tip? Seek out the table with the most conservative men from New England. A new survey finds men, Republicans, and residents of the northeast are the best tippers.

Women tip a median of 16 percent, while Democrats and southerners leave a median 15 percent at a restaurant, according to a new survey of more than 1,000 American adults conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International on behalf of CreditCards.com. That’s compared with the median 20 percent that men, Republicans, and northeasterners leave. Those who pay with plastic leave a median 20 percent, compared with 15 percent for those who pay in cash.

Though roughly half of people tip between 16 percent and 20 percent, about a fifth of restaurant goers polled admitted to stiffing the wait staff at least occasionally.

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


I think people tip more in the Northeast because it is more expensive and there is more of a service industry that expects it. I often tip generouly because I want to reward people who work hard but I think Democrats and maybe more women have a collectivist attitude that the government or a corporation should provide the majority of wages and don’t see tipping as their job. Also it’s racist. Tell that to your server next time you stiff him or her and see what service you get in the future.

What is your tipping style?

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