Counties most concerned about climate change in Illinois

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

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 Illinois using data from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

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#50. Grundy County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.1%
--- 20.2% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.8%
- Total population: 37,574
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#49. Williamson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.4%
--- 19.6% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.6%
- Total population: 52,555
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#48. Adams County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.5%
--- 19.6% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.7%
- 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: 51.3%
- Total population: 51,393
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#47. Brown County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.5%
--- 19.6% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.1%
- Total population: 5,634
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#46. Douglas County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.6%
--- 19.3% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.3%
- Total population: 14,756

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#45. Schuyler County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.7%
--- 19.2% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.6%
- 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: 52.7%
- Total population: 5,719
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#44. Morgan County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.8%
--- 19.1% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.0%
- Total population: 27,874
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#43. Stark County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.9%
--- 18.9% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.2%
- Total population: 4,303
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#42. Henry County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.0%
--- 18.8% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.4%
- Total population: 38,351
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#41. Bond County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.2%
--- 18.5% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.8%
- 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: 52.1%
- Total population: 13,507

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#40. Pulaski County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.2%
--- 18.4% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.1%
- 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: 52.9%
- Total population: 4,405
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#39. Henderson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.3%
--- 18.3% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.3%
- Total population: 5,611
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#38. Fulton County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.4%
--- 18.2% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.6%
- Total population: 28,332
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#37. Piatt County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.4%
--- 18.1% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.1%
- Total population: 12,724
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#36. Mercer County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.4%
--- 18.1% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 32.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.8%
- Total population: 12,294

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#35. Vermilion County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.7%
--- 17.8% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.5%
- 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: 54.7%
- Total population: 59,727
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#34. Ogle County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.9%
--- 17.4% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.8%
- 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: 53.0%
- Total population: 39,614
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#33. LaSalle County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.1%
--- 17.1% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.0%
- Total population: 86,367
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#32. Jo Daviess County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.2%
--- 16.9% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.6%
- 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: 52.6%
- Total population: 17,632
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#31. Lee County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.3%
--- 16.8% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.6%
- 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: 53.4%
- Total population: 27,659

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#30. Coles County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.9%
--- 15.9% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.1%
- Total population: 42,379
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#29. Menard County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.9%
--- 15.9% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.1%
- Total population: 9,632
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#28. Alexander County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.2%
--- 15.5% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 16.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.0%
- Total population: 4,951
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#27. Bureau County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.5%
--- 15.0% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.4%
- Total population: 26,122
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#26. Macon County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.8%
--- 14.6% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.1%
- 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: 56.7%
- Total population: 82,757

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#25. Whiteside County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.2%
--- 13.9% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.2%
- Total population: 43,785
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#24. Stephenson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.4%
--- 13.6% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.6%
- Total population: 35,610
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#23. Warren County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.5%
--- 13.4% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.2%
- Total population: 13,463
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#22. Cass County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.6%
--- 13.2% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.5%
- Total population: 9,675
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#21. Madison County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.8%
--- 13.0% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.5%
- 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: 55.5%
- Total population: 207,102

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#20. Kankakee County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.9%
--- 12.9% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.0%
- 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: 55.8%
- Total population: 85,098
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#19. McHenry County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.0%
--- 12.7% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.5%
- 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: 52.4%
- Total population: 233,357
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#18. Boone County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.2%
--- 12.3% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.7%
- 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: 55.8%
- Total population: 39,900
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#17. Sangamon County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.9%
--- 11.3% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.9%
- 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: 56.6%
- Total population: 153,048
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#16. Knox County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.6%
--- 10.2% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.7%
- 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: 56.3%
- Total population: 40,941

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#15. Peoria County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.0%
--- 9.7% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.9%
- 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: 59.8%
- Total population: 140,577
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#14. McDonough County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.2%
--- 9.4% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.8%
- Total population: 25,734
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#13. Will County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.2%
--- 9.3% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.1%
- 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: 61.4%
- Total population: 511,534
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#12. St. Clair County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.9%
--- 8.2% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.0%
- Total population: 201,009
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#11. Rock Island County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.0%
--- 8.1% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.5%
- 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: 57.7%
- Total population: 112,750

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#10. Jackson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.4%
--- 7.5% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 67.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.9%
- Total population: 47,899
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#9. McLean County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.8%
--- 6.8% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.5%
- Total population: 135,481
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#8. Winnebago County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.1%
--- 6.4% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.1%
- 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: 57.4%
- Total population: 218,502
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#7. DeKalb County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.5%
--- 5.7% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.4%
- Total population: 81,607
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#6. Kane County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.8%
--- 5.3% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.6%
- 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: 59.0%
- Total population: 391,093

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#5. Kendall County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.7%
--- 4.0% lower than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.8%
- 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: 61.3%
- Total population: 88,284
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#4. DuPage County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.2%
--- 1.5% higher than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.2%
- Total population: 716,870
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#3. Lake County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.4%
--- 1.7% higher than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 68.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 65.8%
- Total population: 529,441
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#2. Champaign County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 67.5%
--- 3.4% higher than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 70.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.3%
- Total population: 169,893
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#1. Cook County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 71.2%
--- 9.0% higher than Illinois average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 72.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 52.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 67.8%
- Total population: 4,063,290

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