Counties most concerned about climate change in Michigan

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

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

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#50. Cheboygan County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.3%
--- 11.1% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.5%
- 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: 54.2%
- Total population: 21,116
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#49. Iosco County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.4%
--- 11.1% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.9%
- 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: 51.8%
- Total population: 21,046
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#48. Jackson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.6%
--- 10.7% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.5%
- 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: 53.1%
- Total population: 124,199
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#47. Baraga County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.6%
--- 10.6% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.4%
- 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: 52.9%
- Total population: 6,956
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#46. Clare County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.7%
--- 10.5% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.3%
- 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: 55.3%
- Total population: 24,551

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#45. Keweenaw County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.7%
--- 10.5% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.4%
- Total population: 1,790
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#44. Montcalm County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.8%
--- 10.4% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.2%
- 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: 52.2%
- Total population: 48,901
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#43. Monroe County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.0%
--- 10.0% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.2%
- 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: 52.9%
- Total population: 116,876
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#42. Midland County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.0%
--- 10.0% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.7%
- Total population: 65,383
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#41. Luce County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.0%
--- 10.0% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.7%
- 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: 52.7%
- Total population: 5,307

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#40. Roscommon County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.1%
--- 9.9% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.7%
- Total population: 20,226
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#39. Mason County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.2%
--- 9.6% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.9%
- 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: 53.5%
- Total population: 22,953
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#38. Clinton County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.3%
--- 9.5% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.8%
- 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: 54.1%
- Total population: 60,149
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#37. Shiawassee County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.3%
--- 9.5% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.6%
- 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: 55.1%
- Total population: 53,652
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#36. Mecosta County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.4%
--- 9.3% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.1%
- 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: 54.5%
- Total population: 35,182

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#35. Crawford County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.5%
--- 9.1% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.0%
- Total population: 11,339
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#34. Gogebic County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.8%
--- 8.8% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.7%
- 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: 55.8%
- Total population: 13,032
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#33. Charlevoix County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.2%
--- 8.1% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.0%
- 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: 54.6%
- Total population: 21,067
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#32. Bay County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.2%
--- 8.0% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.1%
- 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: 83,137
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#31. Oceana County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.5%
--- 7.5% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.7%
- 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: 53.9%
- Total population: 20,285

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#30. Gratiot County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.6%
--- 7.4% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.8%
- 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: 54.2%
- Total population: 32,781
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#29. Menominee County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.6%
--- 7.3% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.1%
- 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: 52.7%
- Total population: 18,857
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#28. St. Joseph County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.6%
--- 7.3% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.9%
- 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: 55.2%
- Total population: 45,776
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#27. Lake County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.8%
--- 7.0% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.6%
- 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: 55.1%
- Total population: 9,828
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#26. Berrien County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.3%
--- 6.2% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.1%
- 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: 55.3%
- Total population: 120,561

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#25. Chippewa County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.6%
--- 5.7% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.5%
- Total population: 30,792
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#24. Manistee County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.0%
--- 5.0% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.1%
- Total population: 20,135
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#23. Antrim County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.1%
--- 4.8% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.1%
- Total population: 18,874
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#22. Muskegon County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.4%
--- 4.3% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.6%
- Total population: 132,477
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#21. Emmet County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.5%
--- 4.2% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.2%
- 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: 54.3%
- Total population: 26,469

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#20. Benzie County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.7%
--- 3.9% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.1%
- 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: 56.5%
- Total population: 14,285
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#19. Calhoun County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.8%
--- 3.7% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.9%
- 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: 55.8%
- Total population: 103,328
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#18. Eaton County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.8%
--- 3.6% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.5%
- 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: 57.1%
- Total population: 85,949
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#17. Grand Traverse County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.0%
--- 3.4% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.6%
- 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: 57.9%
- Total population: 72,889
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#16. Van Buren County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.7%
--- 2.3% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.6%
- 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: 57.8%
- Total population: 57,403

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#15. Kent County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.7%
--- 2.2% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.9%
- 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: 53.9%
- Total population: 484,558
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#14. Houghton County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.1%
--- 1.6% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.1%
- Total population: 29,011
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#13. Macomb County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.1%
--- 1.4% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.4%
- Total population: 682,201
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#12. Alger County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.3%
--- 1.2% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.8%
- 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: 58.2%
- Total population: 7,796
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#11. Marquette County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.4%
--- 1.1% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.4%
- 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: 57.4%
- Total population: 54,816

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#10. Isabella County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.7%
--- 0.4% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.5%
- 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: 57.8%
- Total population: 58,461
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#9. Saginaw County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.9%
--- 0.1% lower than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.6%
- Total population: 151,070
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#8. Mackinac County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.1%
--- 0.1% higher than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.6%
- 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: 58.3%
- Total population: 9,061
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#7. Oakland County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.9%
--- 1.5% higher than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 67.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.2%
- 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: 63.0%
- Total population: 981,690
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#6. Genesee County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.2%
--- 1.9% higher than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.5%
- Total population: 315,260

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#5. Leelanau County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.8%
--- 3.0% higher than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.6%
- Total population: 18,046
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#4. Kalamazoo County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.9%
--- 3.2% higher than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 67.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.8%
- 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: 63.2%
- Total population: 204,409
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#3. Wayne County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.7%
--- 4.6% higher than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.1%
- 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: 65.3%
- Total population: 1,341,036
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#2. Ingham County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 67.3%
--- 12.2% higher than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 68.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 65.7%
- Total population: 231,330
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#1. Washtenaw County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 71.3%
--- 18.9% higher than Michigan average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 73.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 44.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 69.1%
- Total population: 296,403

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