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Uber had a tumultuous year in 2017, but drivers' satisfaction with the service is at 58.2%, up by 9% a year ago, according to a new survey compiled by The Rideshare Guy blog.

Between the lines: The media (including Axios) spilled a lot of ink over Uber's scandals and inside drama, but drivers don't seem to care. Instead, Uber's "180 Days of Change" — the addition of tipping and its decision not to cut fares in January as it had in previous years — likely had a bigger effect on drivers.

Yes, but: Lyft drivers appear to be more satisfied that Uber's, according to the survey, which found that 75.6% of drivers are satisfied with the service.

Go deeper: Check out the full results of the survey.

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