Ridesharing Services Are Chipping Away at Mass Transit for Some Americans, But Safety Remains Big Concern (Infographic) A national poll shows that most Americans would be in favor of fingerprint background checks for drivers.

By Carly Okyle

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Ridesharing services such as Uber, Lyft and Viber are convenient, but the majority of Americans want them to be safe above all else.

In a new national poll of more than 3,000 people, 81 percent of those surveyed said that feeling safe was their primary concern when using a ride-for-hire survice, and more than two-thirds of the respondents supported fingerprint background checks for transportation network companies.

Related: Seriously? Uber Driver Accused of Staging a Vomit Scene to Collect a Cleaning Fee.

To be fair, the poll was commissioned by the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association -- a non-profit trade association of and for the private passenger transportation industry -- but the data was independently conducted by polling firm FrederickPolls.

The infographic below shows that mass transit officials might have reason to worry -- 49 percent of those surveyed say utilize buses and trains less now that they're using rideshare services.

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Customer Satisfaction (Infographic)

Carly Okyle

Assistant Editor, Contributed Content

Carly Okyle is an assistant editor for contributed content at Entrepreneur.com.

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