Counties most concerned about climate change in Arkansas

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September 2, 2021
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Counties most concerned about climate change in Arkansas

Nationally, 72% of Americans believe global warming is happening. But when public opinion researchers zoom in on Americans, they find that attitudes and opinions about climate change can vary drastically from county to county—even when those counties are next door. Public opinion factors into how policy-makers respond to climate change, including taking steps to reduce CO2 levels and mitigate harmful impacts already being experienced. Stacker compiled a list of counties most concerned about climate change in Arkansas using data from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

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#50. Boone County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.6%
--- 11.2% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 49.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.9%
- Total population: 28,774
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#49. Montgomery County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.8%
--- 10.8% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 50.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.2%
- Total population: 7,297
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#48. Stone County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.8%
--- 10.7% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 51.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.0%
- Total population: 9,972
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#47. Pope County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.9%
--- 10.6% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 51.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 48.9%
- Total population: 49,065
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#46. Sharp County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.4%
--- 9.8% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 51.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 48.7%
- Total population: 13,420

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#45. Union County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.6%
--- 9.4% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 51.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.9%
- Total population: 30,170
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#44. Searcy County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.9%
--- 8.8% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.7%
- Total population: 6,330
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#43. Prairie County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.1%
--- 8.6% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.9%
- Total population: 6,563
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#42. Ashley County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.1%
--- 8.6% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.0%
- Total population: 15,772
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#41. Perry County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.1%
--- 8.5% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.5%
- Total population: 7,968

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#40. Poinsett County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.4%
--- 8.0% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.7%
- Total population: 18,319
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#39. Yell County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.7%
--- 7.6% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.8%
- Total population: 16,205
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#38. Jackson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.8%
--- 7.4% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.0%
- Total population: 13,750
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#37. Hot Spring County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.8%
--- 7.3% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 50.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.4%
- Total population: 26,512
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#36. Madison County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.9%
--- 7.2% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 51.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.8%
- Total population: 12,265

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#35. Miller County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.0%
--- 7.0% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.4%
- Total population: 33,324
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#34. Carroll County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.2%
--- 6.6% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.2%
- Total population: 21,756
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#33. Nevada County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.3%
--- 6.5% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.6%
- Total population: 6,527
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#32. Johnson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.4%
--- 6.2% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.2%
- Total population: 19,902
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#31. Faulkner County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.8%
--- 5.7% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.0%
- Total population: 93,692

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#30. Howard County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.0%
--- 5.3% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.3%
- Total population: 9,937
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#29. Cross County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.2%
--- 4.9% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.6%
- Total population: 12,915
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#28. Garland County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.4%
--- 4.7% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.9%
- Total population: 78,234
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#27. Columbia County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.5%
--- 4.4% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.6%
- Total population: 18,826
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#26. Craighead County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.6%
--- 4.2% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.5%
- Total population: 79,505

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#25. Lincoln County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.7%
--- 4.1% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.5%
- Total population: 11,321
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#24. Drew County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.2%
--- 3.3% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.3%
- Total population: 14,487
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#23. Lafayette County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.4%
--- 2.9% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.3%
- Total population: 5,555
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#22. Conway County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.7%
--- 2.3% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.8%
- Total population: 16,123
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#21. Bradley County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.8%
--- 2.1% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.3%
- Total population: 8,351

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#20. Hempstead County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.2%
--- 1.4% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.7%
- Total population: 16,301
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#19. Benton County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.3%
--- 1.3% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.9%
- Total population: 189,690
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#18. Woodruff County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.7%
--- 0.7% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.2%
- Total population: 5,217
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#17. Sebastian County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.8%
--- 0.5% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.5%
- Total population: 96,580
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#16. Arkansas County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.9%
--- 0.3% lower than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.4%
- Total population: 13,945

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#15. Sevier County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.1%
--- 0.0% higher than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.9%
- Total population: 12,254
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#14. Ouachita County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.1%
--- 0.1% higher than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.3%
- Total population: 18,697
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#13. Desha County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.8%
--- 3.0% higher than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 16.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.5%
- Total population: 8,833
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#12. Washington County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.0%
--- 3.3% higher than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.0%
- Total population: 171,940
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#11. Clark County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.0%
--- 3.3% higher than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.8%
- Total population: 18,120

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#10. Monroe County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.4%
--- 4.0% higher than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.9%
- Total population: 5,772
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#9. Mississippi County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.1%
--- 5.2% higher than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.6%
- Total population: 31,430
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#8. Jefferson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.2%
--- 5.4% higher than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 14.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.1%
- Total population: 54,651
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#7. St. Francis County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.2%
--- 5.4% higher than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 44.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.9%
- Total population: 20,521
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#6. Dallas County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.8%
--- 6.5% higher than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.6%
- Total population: 5,739

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#5. Crittenden County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.0%
--- 6.7% higher than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.5%
- Total population: 35,567
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#4. Lee County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.5%
--- 7.6% higher than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.3%
- Total population: 7,626
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#3. Chicot County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.6%
--- 7.8% higher than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.0%
- Total population: 8,370
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#2. Phillips County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.9%
--- 11.8% higher than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 47.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.4%
- Total population: 14,079
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#1. Pulaski County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 65.7%
--- 13.2% higher than Arkansas average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.2%
- Total population: 301,184

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