Counties most concerned about climate change in New Jersey

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October 13, 2022
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Counties most concerned about climate change in New Jersey

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 New Jersey 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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#21. Ocean County

- Worried about global warming: 60.2%
--- 11.6% lower than New Jersey average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 61.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.7%
- Total population: 453,917 people
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#20. Sussex County

- Worried about global warming: 61.2%
--- 10.6% lower than New Jersey average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 63.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.9%
- Total population: 113,046 people
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#19. Salem County

- Worried about global warming: 63.3%
--- 8.5% lower than New Jersey average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 63.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.9%
- Total population: 49,348 people
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#18. Hunterdon County

- Worried about global warming: 63.7%
--- 8.1% lower than New Jersey average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 65.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.0%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 35.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.3%
- Total population: 100,017 people
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#17. Warren County

- Worried about global warming: 63.7%
--- 8.1% lower than New Jersey average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 63.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.9%
- Total population: 84,685 people
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#16. Cape May County

- Worried about global warming: 63.9%
--- 8.0% lower than New Jersey average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 64.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.7%
- Total population: 76,695 people
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#15. Gloucester County

- Worried about global warming: 64.6%
--- 7.2% lower than New Jersey average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 67.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 42.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.5%
- Total population: 226,758 people
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#14. Monmouth County

- Worried about global warming: 67.5%
--- 4.3% lower than New Jersey average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 70.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 46.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 35.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 65.0%
- Total population: 488,518 people
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#13. Atlantic County

- Worried about global warming: 69.2%
--- 2.6% lower than New Jersey average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 69.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 48.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 68.9%
- Total population: 209,019 people
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#12. Morris County

- Worried about global warming: 70.6%
--- 1.3% lower than New Jersey average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 72.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 46.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 68.7%
- Total population: 387,833 people
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#11. Cumberland County

- Worried about global warming: 70.7%
--- 1.2% lower than New Jersey average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 67.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 49.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 67.9%
- Total population: 115,733 people
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#10. Burlington County

- Worried about global warming: 70.9%
--- 0.9% lower than New Jersey average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 71.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 48.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 70.5%
- Total population: 351,834 people
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#9. Somerset County

- Worried about global warming: 71.9%
--- 0.1% higher than New Jersey average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 72.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 48.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 68.6%
- Total population: 256,549 people
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#8. Middlesex County

- Worried about global warming: 72.6%
--- 0.8% higher than New Jersey average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 73.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 52.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.6%
- Total population: 645,442 people
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#7. Passaic County

- Worried about global warming: 74.0%
--- 2.2% higher than New Jersey average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 72.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 52.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 70.0%
- Total population: 383,154 people
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#6. Mercer County

- Worried about global warming: 74.4%
--- 2.6% higher than New Jersey average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 75.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 52.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 71.9%
- Total population: 289,217 people
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#5. Camden County

- Worried about global warming: 75.0%
--- 3.2% higher than New Jersey average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 75.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 53.0%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 71.5%
- Total population: 390,882 people
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#4. Union County

- Worried about global warming: 76.3%
--- 4.5% higher than New Jersey average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 76.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 57.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 72.1%
- Total population: 423,700 people
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#3. Bergen County

- Worried about global warming: 77.4%
--- 5.6% higher than New Jersey average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 76.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 50.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 37.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 73.8%
- Total population: 732,135 people
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#2. Essex County

- Worried about global warming: 77.4%
--- 5.6% higher than New Jersey average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 76.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 59.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 73.3%
- Total population: 606,037 people
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#1. Hudson County

- Worried about global warming: 79.8%
--- 8.0% higher than New Jersey average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 76.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 59.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 36.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 75.2%
- Total population: 532,462 people

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