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03/09/2011 04:33 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Pregnant Woman Tracks How Many People Give Up Their Seat On Subway

Would you give up your seat to a pregnant subway rider?

Elizabeth Carey Smith wanted to find out. While noticeably pregnant, she rode the city's subways and documented how many straphangers offered her their seat.

It turns out, most New Yorkers are pretty considerate. On 108 full trains, Smith was given a seat 88 times. That means, 81 percent of the time, Smith was able to take a load off, even when subways were packed.

"New Yorkers aren't as rude as we like to think that we are, or as other people think that we are," Smith told the Wall Street Journal. "I was sure that I was going to find out that people were terrible."

Men were about as likely as women to offer their seats. Riders on the G train were least generous and men on the L and women on the 6 were most considerate.

Smith limited her research to the G, E, L, 1 and M lines.

Benjamin Kabak of the Second Avenue Sagas blog writes, "the graphic is a good reminder to those who aren't or will never be pregnant: Give up your seat to those who need it."

Get a closer look at the full graph here.