Counties most concerned about climate change in Kentucky

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

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

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#50. Bell County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.0%
--- 2.4% lower than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 48.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.0%
- 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: 49.6%
- Total population: 21,353
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#49. Allen County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.1%
--- 2.1% lower than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 48.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.3%
- 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: 48.7%
- Total population: 15,783
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#48. Henry County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.1%
--- 2.1% lower than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 50.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.7%
- 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: 50.4%
- Total population: 12,077
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#47. Metcalfe County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.2%
--- 2.0% lower than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 49.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.8%
- 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: 49.7%
- Total population: 7,677
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#46. Lincoln County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.2%
--- 1.9% lower than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 48.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.5%
- Total population: 18,652

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#45. Breckinridge County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.5%
--- 1.4% lower than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 49.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.1%
- 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: 51.7%
- Total population: 15,453
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#44. Bath County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.5%
--- 1.4% lower than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 49.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.3%
- 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: 50.3%
- Total population: 9,156
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#43. Carter County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.5%
--- 1.3% lower than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 49.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.6%
- 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: 50.0%
- Total population: 21,140
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#42. Daviess County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.7%
--- 0.9% lower than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 50.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.0%
- 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: 51.1%
- Total population: 75,531
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#41. Mason County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.8%
--- 0.8% lower than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 39.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 15.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.5%
- Total population: 13,263

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#40. Lyon County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.2%
--- 0.0% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 50.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 32.8%
- 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: 51.4%
- Total population: 6,982
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#39. Scott County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.3%
--- 0.1% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.4%
- 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: 50.9%
- Total population: 39,850
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#38. Hart County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.3%
--- 0.1% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 49.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.6%
- 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: 51.1%
- Total population: 14,012
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#37. Caldwell County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.3%
--- 0.2% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 49.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.4%
- 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: 51.5%
- Total population: 9,871
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#36. Boone County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.3%
--- 0.2% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 50.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.6%
- 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: 53.2%
- Total population: 94,885

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#35. Mercer County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.5%
--- 0.7% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 47.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.2%
- 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: 51.4%
- Total population: 16,738
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#34. Fleming County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.6%
--- 0.7% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 49.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.4%
- 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: 51.7%
- Total population: 10,923
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#33. Breathitt County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.7%
--- 1.0% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 49.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.3%
- 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: 50.6%
- Total population: 10,415
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#32. Clay County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.7%
--- 1.0% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 48.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.5%
- 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: 51.3%
- Total population: 16,226
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#31. Henderson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.7%
--- 1.0% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 46.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.4%
- Total population: 35,515

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#30. Clark County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.7%
--- 1.0% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 51.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.6%
- 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: 51.8%
- Total population: 27,787
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#29. Boyd County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.0%
--- 1.5% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.3%
- 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: 53.2%
- Total population: 37,855
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#28. Nelson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.1%
--- 1.6% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.1%
- 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: 51.0%
- Total population: 34,410
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#27. Trimble County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.3%
--- 2.1% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 41.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.6%
- Total population: 6,689
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#26. Washington County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.5%
--- 2.4% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 51.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.6%
- 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: 52.4%
- Total population: 9,193

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#25. Powell County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.5%
--- 2.5% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 50.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.5%
- 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: 51.7%
- Total population: 9,391
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#24. McCracken County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.5%
--- 2.5% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 48.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.5%
- 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: 55.4%
- Total population: 50,830
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#23. Oldham County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.6%
--- 2.7% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.8%
- 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: 52.5%
- Total population: 48,607
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#22. Bourbon County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.8%
--- 3.0% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.5%
- 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: 52.5%
- Total population: 15,563
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#21. Fulton County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.8%
--- 3.0% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 40.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 13.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.6%
- Total population: 4,853

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#20. Boyle County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.9%
--- 3.3% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.1%
- 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: 53.0%
- Total population: 23,882
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#19. Wolfe County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.0%
--- 3.4% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 51.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.0%
- 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: 52.6%
- Total population: 5,543
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#18. Jessamine County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.2%
--- 3.8% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.7%
- Total population: 39,534
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#17. Hardin County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.6%
--- 4.5% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.3%
- 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: 53.3%
- Total population: 81,349
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#16. Carroll County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.8%
--- 4.9% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 40.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 15.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.5%
- Total population: 7,942

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#15. Christian County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.9%
--- 5.2% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.3%
- 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: 55.8%
- Total population: 52,571
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#14. Barren County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.0%
--- 5.4% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 51.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.4%
- 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: 54.6%
- Total population: 33,259
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#13. Madison County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.2%
--- 5.8% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.2%
- 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: 54.4%
- Total population: 70,864
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#12. Shelby County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.2%
--- 5.8% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.7%
- 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: 56.1%
- Total population: 35,663
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#11. Marion County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.3%
--- 6.0% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.9%
- 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: 53.7%
- Total population: 14,534

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#10. Rowan County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.9%
--- 7.1% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.7%
- Total population: 19,791
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#9. Calloway County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.9%
--- 7.2% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.4%
- Total population: 31,725
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#8. Woodford County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.5%
--- 8.3% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.4%
- Total population: 20,219
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#7. Nicholas County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.0%
--- 9.2% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.6%
- 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: 55.2%
- Total population: 5,446
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#6. Kenton County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.3%
--- 9.7% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.0%
- 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: 51.6%
- Total population: 125,048

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#5. Campbell County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.7%
--- 10.5% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.9%
- Total population: 72,647
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#4. Warren County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.5%
--- 12.0% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.1%
- 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: 55.6%
- Total population: 97,677
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#3. Franklin County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.1%
--- 13.3% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.7%
- 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: 56.9%
- Total population: 39,744
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#2. Jefferson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.1%
--- 19.0% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.9%
- Total population: 594,941
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#1. Fayette County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.3%
--- 21.2% higher than Kentucky average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.7%
- 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: 64.4%
- Total population: 251,732

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