New York City straphangers have spoken — and they’re not fans of medical/surgery advertisements on subway train cars.
In a survey of the worst NYC subway ads, “plastic and/or cosmetic surgery ads” ranked No. 1, garnering 38 percent of the vote. It also ranked on top of another NYC subway ad list.
“Religious and/or self-help ads” finished tied for second with “floor-to-ceiling themed ads,” both of which received 21 percent.
Rounding out the bottom — or the least-disliked types of ads — were “pun-heavy ads” (12 percent), “alcohol ads” (1 percent), and “other ads” (1 percent). In the “other” ads category, the lone respondent listed anti-abortion ads as their least favorite, referring to a campaign that ran earlier this year. Here’s a complete view of the results:
Health ads were a hot topic among respondents, though one health-related ad that didn’t make the survey was the Health Department’s controversial calorie education campaign that ran in 2008.
Still fed up with a particular subway ad campaign? Let the MTA know about it — here’s instructions from the straphanger’s campaign site.
Maybe next time we will survey the worst New York City subway tunnel or station ads.