Counties most concerned about climate change in North Carolina

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September 2, 2021
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Counties most concerned about climate change in North Carolina

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 North Carolina using data from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

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#50. Bladen County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.1%
--- 7.2% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.6%
- Total population: 26,656
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#49. Pamlico County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.3%
--- 6.8% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.0%
- Total population: 10,770
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#48. Dare County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.4%
--- 6.7% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.0%
- Total population: 28,832
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#47. Haywood County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.4%
--- 6.7% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.3%
- 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: 55.6%
- Total population: 49,365
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#46. Sampson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.5%
--- 6.5% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.7%
- Total population: 47,902

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#45. Chowan County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.9%
--- 6.0% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.6%
- Total population: 11,201
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#44. Craven County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.0%
--- 5.7% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.2%
- 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: 54.1%
- Total population: 80,315
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#43. Caswell County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.1%
--- 5.5% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.6%
- Total population: 18,436
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#42. Columbus County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.2%
--- 5.5% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.4%
- Total population: 44,114
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#41. Granville County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.6%
--- 4.8% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.0%
- Total population: 46,601

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#40. Brunswick County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.7%
--- 4.6% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.8%
- 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: 57.9%
- Total population: 106,239
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#39. Tyrrell County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.8%
--- 4.4% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.4%
- Total population: 3,589
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#38. Duplin County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.9%
--- 4.2% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.3%
- Total population: 44,675
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#37. Johnston County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.0%
--- 4.2% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.8%
- 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: 141,466
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#36. Greene County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.1%
--- 3.9% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.2%
- 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: 57.7%
- Total population: 16,619

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#35. Nash County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.2%
--- 3.8% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.7%
- Total population: 72,985
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#34. Jones County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.2%
--- 3.8% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.3%
- Total population: 7,854
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#33. Alamance County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.6%
--- 3.1% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.0%
- 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: 61.7%
- Total population: 124,374
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#32. Franklin County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.7%
--- 3.0% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.7%
- 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: 57.5%
- Total population: 50,331
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#31. Wayne County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.8%
--- 2.9% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.8%
- 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: 57.8%
- Total population: 94,390

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#30. Anson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.7%
--- 1.4% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 16.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.3%
- Total population: 20,369
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#29. Scotland County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.7%
--- 1.3% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.6%
- Total population: 27,153
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#28. Lee County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.8%
--- 1.2% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.5%
- 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: 57.6%
- Total population: 45,256
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#27. Hyde County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.2%
--- 0.5% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.3%
- Total population: 4,227
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#26. Lenoir County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.3%
--- 0.3% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.6%
- Total population: 44,326

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#25. Washington County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.5%
--- 0.1% lower than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.0%
- Total population: 9,676
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#24. Pasquotank County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.6%
--- 0.0% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.0%
- Total population: 30,702
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#23. Robeson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.7%
--- 0.3% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 15.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.1%
- Total population: 99,539
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#22. Pitt County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.7%
--- 0.3% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.1%
- 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: 57.3%
- Total population: 138,888
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#21. Forsyth County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.2%
--- 1.1% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.3%
- 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: 60.2%
- Total population: 284,777

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#20. Watauga County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.5%
--- 1.5% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.9%
- Total population: 47,053
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#19. Wilson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.6%
--- 1.7% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.1%
- Total population: 62,325
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#18. Jackson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.6%
--- 1.8% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.0%
- 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: 60.4%
- Total population: 35,091
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#17. New Hanover County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.0%
--- 2.4% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.4%
- 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: 57.9%
- Total population: 181,839
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#16. Hoke County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.1%
--- 2.6% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 44.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.0%
- Total population: 38,389

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#15. Warren County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.1%
--- 4.1% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.5%
- Total population: 16,344
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#14. Halifax County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.1%
--- 4.1% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 16.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.7%
- Total population: 40,563
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#13. Northampton County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.2%
--- 4.3% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 16.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.1%
- Total population: 16,561
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#12. Bertie County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.8%
--- 5.4% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 16.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.1%
- Total population: 16,137
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#11. Edgecombe County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.9%
--- 5.5% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 47.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.0%
- Total population: 41,127

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#10. Cumberland County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 65.1%
--- 5.8% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 47.5%
- 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: 64.2%
- Total population: 249,586
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#9. Chatham County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 65.4%
--- 6.4% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.9%
- 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: 62.2%
- Total population: 55,440
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#8. Buncombe County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 65.9%
--- 7.2% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.6%
- Total population: 206,162
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#7. Hertford County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 67.0%
--- 8.9% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 67.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 47.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 65.4%
- Total population: 19,552
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#6. Vance County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 67.3%
--- 9.4% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 67.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.7%
- Total population: 33,888

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#5. Wake County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 67.4%
--- 9.5% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 67.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 44.0%
- 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: 63.1%
- Total population: 790,704
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#4. Guilford County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 68.1%
--- 10.6% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 68.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.0%
- 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: 63.8%
- Total population: 405,753
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#3. Mecklenburg County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 68.7%
--- 11.7% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 70.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 48.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 66.9%
- Total population: 800,246
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#2. Durham County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 70.5%
--- 14.5% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 72.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.5%
- 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: 70.3%
- Total population: 240,820
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#1. Orange County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 71.3%
--- 15.9% higher than North Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 72.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 47.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 67.7%
- Total population: 114,413

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