Counties most concerned about climate change in Kentucky

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October 13, 2022
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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. Counties are ranked by the percent of residents that are worried about global warming.

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#50. Harlan County

- Worried about global warming: 52.6%
--- 0.6% lower than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 46.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.8%
- Total population: 20,593 people
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#49. Carter County

- Worried about global warming: 52.9%
--- 0.2% lower than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 49.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.7%
- Total population: 21,106 people
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#48. Anderson County

- Worried about global warming: 52.9%
--- 0.2% lower than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 50.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 36.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.0%
- Total population: 17,062 people
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#47. Todd County

- Worried about global warming: 53.0%
--- 0.2% lower than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 49.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.2%
- Total population: 9,026 people
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#46. Harrison County

- Worried about global warming: 53.0%
--- 0.2% lower than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 49.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.2%
- Total population: 14,409 people
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#45. Henry County

- Worried about global warming: 53.3%
--- 0.1% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 50.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.6%
- Total population: 12,166 people
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#44. Trimble County

- Worried about global warming: 53.3%
--- 0.1% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 41.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 35.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.2%
- Total population: 6,685 people
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#43. Lyon County

- Worried about global warming: 53.3%
--- 0.2% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 49.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 36.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.2%
- Total population: 7,119 people
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#42. Lincoln County

- Worried about global warming: 53.5%
--- 0.3% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 48.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.9%
- Total population: 18,686 people
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#41. Bath County

- Worried about global warming: 53.5%
--- 0.4% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 49.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.4%
- Total population: 9,150 people
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#40. Fleming County

- Worried about global warming: 53.5%
--- 0.4% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 49.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.8%
- Total population: 10,960 people
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#39. Hart County

- Worried about global warming: 53.6%
--- 0.4% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 49.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.5%
- Total population: 14,058 people
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#38. Breathitt County

- Worried about global warming: 53.6%
--- 0.4% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 48.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.8%
- Total population: 10,334 people
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#37. Allen County

- Worried about global warming: 53.7%
--- 0.6% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 48.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.0%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.7%
- Total population: 15,962 people
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#36. Hickman County

- Worried about global warming: 53.8%
--- 0.6% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 49.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.1%
- Total population: 3,644 people
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#35. Carroll County

- Worried about global warming: 54.0%
--- 0.9% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 42.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 36.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.1%
- Total population: 7,920 people
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#34. Nelson County

- Worried about global warming: 54.0%
--- 0.9% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 52.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.1%
- Total population: 34,758 people
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#33. Powell County

- Worried about global warming: 54.0%
--- 0.9% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 49.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.4%
- Total population: 9,340 people
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#32. Caldwell County

- Worried about global warming: 54.3%
--- 1.1% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 49.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.2%
- Total population: 9,867 people
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#31. Boyd County

- Worried about global warming: 54.3%
--- 1.1% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 50.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.5%
- Total population: 37,524 people
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#30. Daviess County

- Worried about global warming: 54.5%
--- 1.4% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 51.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.4%
- Total population: 75,979 people
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#29. Boone County

- Worried about global warming: 54.6%
--- 1.5% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 50.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.3%
- Total population: 96,233 people
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#28. Clark County

- Worried about global warming: 54.7%
--- 1.5% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 51.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.0%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.4%
- Total population: 27,908 people
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#27. Henderson County

- Worried about global warming: 54.8%
--- 1.7% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 48.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.5%
- Total population: 35,343 people
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#26. Mercer County

- Worried about global warming: 55.1%
--- 2.0% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 47.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.6%
- Total population: 16,815 people
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#25. Scott County

- Worried about global warming: 55.2%
--- 2.1% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 53.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.9%
- Total population: 40,797 people
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#24. Marion County

- Worried about global warming: 55.3%
--- 2.1% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 51.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.8%
- Total population: 14,558 people
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#23. Clay County

- Worried about global warming: 55.3%
--- 2.1% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 49.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.1%
- Total population: 16,052 people
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#22. Washington County

- Worried about global warming: 55.5%
--- 2.3% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 51.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.3%
- Total population: 9,221 people
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#21. Bourbon County

- Worried about global warming: 55.9%
--- 2.7% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 53.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.5%
- Total population: 15,522 people
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#20. McCracken County

- Worried about global warming: 56.0%
--- 2.8% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 49.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.2%
- Total population: 50,817 people
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#19. Jessamine County

- Worried about global warming: 56.0%
--- 2.9% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 53.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.1%
- Total population: 40,099 people
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#18. Fulton County

- Worried about global warming: 56.3%
--- 3.2% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 51.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.2%
- Total population: 4,787 people
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#17. Barren County

- Worried about global warming: 56.7%
--- 3.5% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 51.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.9%
- Total population: 33,414 people
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#16. Boyle County

- Worried about global warming: 56.7%
--- 3.5% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 54.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.6%
- Total population: 23,990 people
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#15. Oldham County

- Worried about global warming: 57.1%
--- 3.9% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.6%
- Total population: 49,097 people
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#14. Hardin County

- Worried about global warming: 57.4%
--- 4.2% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 54.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.9%
- Total population: 81,838 people
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#13. Christian County

- Worried about global warming: 57.8%
--- 4.6% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 54.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 43.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.2%
- Total population: 52,089 people
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#12. Madison County

- Worried about global warming: 58.1%
--- 4.9% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.0%
- Total population: 71,849 people
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#11. Shelby County

- Worried about global warming: 58.2%
--- 5.0% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 53.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.5%
- Total population: 36,278 people
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#10. Rowan County

- Worried about global warming: 58.3%
--- 5.2% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 55.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.9%
- Total population: 19,876 people
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#9. Calloway County

- Worried about global warming: 58.5%
--- 5.3% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 55.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.6%
- Total population: 31,797 people
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#8. Nicholas County

- Worried about global warming: 58.7%
--- 5.5% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 52.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.8%
- Total population: 5,478 people
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#7. Kenton County

- Worried about global warming: 59.8%
--- 6.6% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.1%
- Total population: 125,886 people
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#6. Woodford County

- Worried about global warming: 60.2%
--- 7.1% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.5%
- Total population: 20,463 people
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#5. Campbell County

- Worried about global warming: 60.3%
--- 7.2% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 55.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.9%
- Total population: 73,181 people
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#4. Franklin County

- Worried about global warming: 61.5%
--- 8.4% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 58.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 42.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.7%
- Total population: 39,958 people
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#3. Warren County

- Worried about global warming: 61.6%
--- 8.4% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 58.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 43.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.5%
- Total population: 99,430 people
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#2. Jefferson County

- Worried about global warming: 63.9%
--- 10.8% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 63.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 43.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.0%
- Total population: 596,427 people
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#1. Fayette County

- Worried about global warming: 67.2%
--- 14.0% higher than Kentucky average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 64.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 49.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 35.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 67.6%
- Total population: 253,550 people

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