The Center’s study on the future of transportation explored several issues involving get-a-ride services such as Uber and Lyft. Some of those questions explored users’ views about children using get-a-ride.
Of parents who use get-a-ride services, how comfortable are they sending their children alone for an Uber or Lyft ride?
Overall, 30% of parents said that they would be comfortable, 47% said that they would not be comfortable, and the rest were not sure.
Are the views of mothers and fathers the same about sending their children unaccompanied for an Uber or Lyft ride? No — 43% of fathers said that they would be comfortable with the idea, but only 18% of mothers said so.
Are parents equally comfortable in different income groups? No, they are not. Twenty-four percent of parents with household incomes of less than $75,000 per year said that they would be comfortable sending their children for an Uber or Lyft ride without them, compared to 39% of parents with household incomes of $75,000 or more.
Do parents who are politically conservative differ from those who are liberal? No, they do not. Forty percent of parents who are somewhat or very conservative would be comfortable sending their children alone on an Uber or Lyft ride, compared to 39% for parents who are somewhat or very liberal.
On the other hand, only 14% of parents who are politically in the middle-of-the-road are comfortable with sending their children alone on a Uber or Lyft ride.
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March 26, 2018