Counties most concerned about climate change in Minnesota

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

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

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#50. Crow Wing County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.8%
--- 9.5% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.1%
- 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: 52.1%
- Total population: 49,844
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#49. Pipestone County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.9%
--- 9.3% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.9%
- 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: 52.6%
- Total population: 6,894
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#48. Mille Lacs County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.0%
--- 9.2% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.8%
- 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: 51.9%
- Total population: 19,488
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#47. Pennington County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.0%
--- 9.1% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.1%
- 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: 53.1%
- Total population: 10,869
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#46. Becker County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.1%
--- 9.0% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.0%
- 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: 53.1%
- Total population: 25,494

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#45. Chippewa County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.1%
--- 9.0% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.4%
- 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: 52.8%
- Total population: 9,221
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#44. Hubbard County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.2%
--- 8.9% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.3%
- Total population: 16,451
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#43. Itasca County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.2%
--- 8.8% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.2%
- 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: 50.3%
- Total population: 35,658
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#42. Freeborn County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.4%
--- 8.6% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.0%
- Total population: 23,844
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#41. Swift County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.4%
--- 8.5% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.2%
- 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: 53.4%
- Total population: 7,293

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#40. Houston County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.6%
--- 8.1% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.0%
- 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: 53.5%
- Total population: 14,614
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#39. Cass County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.8%
--- 7.9% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.4%
- 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: 54.6%
- Total population: 22,868
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#38. Lyon County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.8%
--- 7.8% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.6%
- 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: 54.1%
- Total population: 19,333
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#37. Goodhue County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.9%
--- 7.7% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.2%
- 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: 52.6%
- Total population: 35,786
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#36. Lincoln County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.9%
--- 7.6% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.1%
- 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: 54.0%
- Total population: 4,394

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#35. Benton County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.0%
--- 7.6% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.6%
- 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: 56.1%
- Total population: 29,787
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#34. Lac qui Parle County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.2%
--- 7.3% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.3%
- Total population: 5,461
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#33. Stearns County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.4%
--- 6.9% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.4%
- Total population: 120,680
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#32. Pine County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.4%
--- 6.9% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.4%
- Total population: 23,248
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#31. Wabasha County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.7%
--- 6.3% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.5%
- 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: 55.1%
- Total population: 16,859

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#30. Lake of the Woods County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.8%
--- 6.2% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.8%
- Total population: 3,106
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#29. Kittson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.9%
--- 6.1% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.0%
- Total population: 3,393
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#28. Norman County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.9%
--- 6.1% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.1%
- 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: 54.8%
- Total population: 5,022
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#27. Scott County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.5%
--- 5.1% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.3%
- 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: 52.5%
- Total population: 102,965
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#26. Fillmore County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.7%
--- 4.7% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.6%
- Total population: 15,787

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#25. Anoka County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.0%
--- 4.2% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.4%
- 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: 56.2%
- Total population: 263,647
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#24. Grant County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.0%
--- 4.2% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.8%
- Total population: 4,612
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#23. Carlton County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.2%
--- 3.9% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.7%
- 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: 55.2%
- Total population: 27,473
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#22. Koochiching County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.5%
--- 3.5% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.3%
- Total population: 10,257
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#21. Blue Earth County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.6%
--- 3.3% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.3%
- 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: 57.2%
- Total population: 53,246

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#20. Watonwan County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.6%
--- 3.3% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.6%
- 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: 55.5%
- Total population: 8,307
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#19. Stevens County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.0%
--- 2.7% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.2%
- 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: 56.7%
- Total population: 7,732
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#18. Traverse County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.1%
--- 2.4% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.8%
- Total population: 2,642
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#17. Carver County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.7%
--- 1.5% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.9%
- Total population: 73,033
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#16. Dakota County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.3%
--- 0.6% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 67.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.8%
- Total population: 314,942

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#15. Winona County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.4%
--- 0.4% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.0%
- Total population: 41,579
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#14. Nicollet County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.4%
--- 0.4% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.5%
- Total population: 26,350
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#13. St. Louis County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.5%
--- 0.3% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.4%
- 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: 56.1%
- Total population: 161,754
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#12. Nobles County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.5%
--- 0.3% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.5%
- 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: 57.0%
- Total population: 15,967
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#11. Clay County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.6%
--- 0.1% lower than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.5%
- Total population: 47,649

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#10. Mower County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.6%
--- 0.0% higher than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.9%
- 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: 59.6%
- Total population: 29,663
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#9. Beltrami County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.0%
--- 0.6% higher than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.0%
- 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: 58.0%
- Total population: 34,476
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#8. Mahnomen County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.3%
--- 1.1% higher than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.7%
- 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: 59.7%
- Total population: 3,777
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#7. Olmsted County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.8%
--- 1.9% higher than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.2%
- Total population: 115,280
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#6. Lake County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.2%
--- 2.6% higher than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.8%
- Total population: 8,709

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#5. Washington County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.7%
--- 3.4% higher than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.2%
- 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: 60.2%
- Total population: 190,300
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#4. Rice County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.9%
--- 5.3% higher than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.7%
- Total population: 51,270
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#3. Cook County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 67.5%
--- 9.5% higher than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.8%
- Total population: 4,493
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#2. Hennepin County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 71.3%
--- 15.6% higher than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 74.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 67.9%
- Total population: 962,148
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#1. Ramsey County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 72.8%
--- 18.2% higher than Minnesota average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 72.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 66.3%
- Total population: 415,004

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