Counties most concerned about climate change in North Dakota

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October 13, 2022
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Counties most concerned about climate change in North Dakota

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 Dakota 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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#53. Mercer County

- Worried about global warming: 46.7%
--- 5.4% lower than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 42.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 31.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 41.4%
- Total population: 6,552 people
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#52. Oliver County

- Worried about global warming: 49.3%
--- 2.8% lower than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 44.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 34.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 43.7%
- Total population: 1,357 people
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#51. Pierce County

- Worried about global warming: 49.5%
--- 2.6% lower than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 52.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 34.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 46.6%
- Total population: 3,246 people
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#50. Burke County

- Worried about global warming: 50.1%
--- 2.0% lower than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 51.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 35.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.2%
- Total population: 1,587 people
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#49. Hettinger County

- Worried about global warming: 50.7%
--- 1.4% lower than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 51.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 36.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.3%
- Total population: 2,029 people
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#48. Foster County

- Worried about global warming: 50.9%
--- 1.2% lower than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 52.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 35.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.4%
- Total population: 2,563 people
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#47. Williams County

- Worried about global warming: 50.9%
--- 1.2% lower than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 52.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 36.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.3%
- Total population: 25,328 people
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#46. Bowman County

- Worried about global warming: 51.0%
--- 1.1% lower than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 52.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 36.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.9%
- Total population: 2,378 people
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#45. Renville County

- Worried about global warming: 51.4%
--- 0.7% lower than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 52.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 36.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 48.3%
- Total population: 1,836 people
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#44. Burleigh County

- Worried about global warming: 51.5%
--- 0.7% lower than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 53.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 35.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.6%
- Total population: 72,816 people
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#43. McHenry County

- Worried about global warming: 51.6%
--- 0.6% lower than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 53.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 36.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 48.5%
- Total population: 4,479 people
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#42. Stark County

- Worried about global warming: 51.6%
--- 0.5% lower than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 53.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 36.7%
- 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: 23,039 people
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#41. Billings County

- Worried about global warming: 51.7%
--- 0.4% lower than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 51.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 36.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 48.0%
- Total population: 725 people
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#40. McLean County

- Worried about global warming: 52.1%
--- 0.0% lower than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 47.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 36.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 46.3%
- Total population: 7,519 people
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#39. Dunn County

- Worried about global warming: 52.1%
--- 0.0% lower than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 53.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 48.9%
- Total population: 3,340 people
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#38. Emmons County

- Worried about global warming: 52.1%
--- 0.0% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 53.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.0%
- Total population: 2,678 people
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#37. Divide County

- Worried about global warming: 52.5%
--- 0.4% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 53.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.3%
- Total population: 1,874 people
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#36. Cavalier County

- Worried about global warming: 52.7%
--- 0.6% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 54.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.4%
- Total population: 2,989 people
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#35. Stutsman County

- Worried about global warming: 52.8%
--- 0.7% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 55.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 36.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 48.1%
- Total population: 16,769 people
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#34. Golden Valley County

- Worried about global warming: 52.9%
--- 0.7% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 54.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 35.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.6%
- Total population: 1,435 people
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#33. McKenzie County

- Worried about global warming: 52.9%
--- 0.8% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 53.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 36.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.2%
- Total population: 9,122 people
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#32. Morton County

- Worried about global warming: 53.0%
--- 0.9% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 53.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 36.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 48.8%
- Total population: 24,158 people
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#31. McIntosh County

- Worried about global warming: 53.3%
--- 1.2% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 53.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.8%
- Total population: 2,146 people
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#30. Pembina County

- Worried about global warming: 53.6%
--- 1.5% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 53.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.4%
- Total population: 5,508 people
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#29. Walsh County

- Worried about global warming: 54.2%
--- 2.1% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 54.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.1%
- Total population: 8,299 people
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#28. Sheridan County

- Worried about global warming: 54.2%
--- 2.1% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 54.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 36.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.1%
- Total population: 1,178 people
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#27. Ward County

- Worried about global warming: 54.4%
--- 2.3% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 55.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.6%
- Total population: 52,533 people
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#26. Logan County

- Worried about global warming: 54.5%
--- 2.4% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 55.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 38.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.2%
- Total population: 1,492 people
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#25. Bottineau County

- Worried about global warming: 54.6%
--- 2.5% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.2%
- Total population: 5,121 people
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#24. Slope County

- Worried about global warming: 54.7%
--- 2.5% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 55.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 39.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.5%
- Total population: 594 people
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#23. Griggs County

- Worried about global warming: 55.6%
--- 3.5% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 35.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.8%
- Total population: 1,899 people
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#22. Grant County

- Worried about global warming: 55.6%
--- 3.5% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 38.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.5%
- Total population: 1,866 people
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#21. Wells County

- Worried about global warming: 55.9%
--- 3.7% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 55.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 36.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.4%
- Total population: 3,125 people
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#20. Adams County

- Worried about global warming: 55.9%
--- 3.8% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 36.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.7%
- Total population: 1,798 people
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#19. Dickey County

- Worried about global warming: 56.4%
--- 4.3% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 35.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.9%
- Total population: 3,782 people
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#18. LaMoure County

- Worried about global warming: 56.5%
--- 4.4% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 36.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.3%
- Total population: 3,266 people
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#17. Kidder County

- Worried about global warming: 56.6%
--- 4.5% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 38.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.0%
- Total population: 1,938 people
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#16. Mountrail County

- Worried about global warming: 56.6%
--- 4.5% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.2%
- Total population: 7,533 people
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#15. Traill County

- Worried about global warming: 56.7%
--- 4.6% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.2%
- Total population: 6,223 people
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#14. Barnes County

- Worried about global warming: 56.8%
--- 4.7% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.1%
- Total population: 8,682 people
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#13. Ramsey County

- Worried about global warming: 57.4%
--- 5.3% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 58.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.0%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.4%
- Total population: 8,910 people
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#12. Nelson County

- Worried about global warming: 57.8%
--- 5.7% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 59.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 35.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.0%
- Total population: 2,363 people
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#11. Steele County

- Worried about global warming: 57.9%
--- 5.8% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 60.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 37.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.4%
- Total population: 1,402 people
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#10. Richland County

- Worried about global warming: 58.3%
--- 6.2% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 58.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.0%
- Total population: 12,768 people
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#9. Towner County

- Worried about global warming: 58.3%
--- 6.2% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 58.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 42.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 37.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.5%
- Total population: 1,727 people
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#8. Grand Forks County

- Worried about global warming: 58.4%
--- 6.3% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 59.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.4%
- Total population: 55,639 people
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#7. Sargent County

- Worried about global warming: 58.6%
--- 6.5% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 59.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.0%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.8%
- Total population: 3,110 people
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#6. Ransom County

- Worried about global warming: 58.9%
--- 6.8% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 59.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.9%
- Total population: 4,214 people
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#5. Eddy County

- Worried about global warming: 59.8%
--- 7.7% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 60.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 43.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 36.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.7%
- Total population: 1,806 people
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#4. Cass County

- Worried about global warming: 60.4%
--- 8.3% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 64.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.0%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.2%
- Total population: 137,361 people
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#3. Benson County

- Worried about global warming: 63.2%
--- 11.1% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 61.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 46.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.6%
- Total population: 4,485 people
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#2. Rolette County

- Worried about global warming: 69.3%
--- 17.2% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 67.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 50.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.4%
- Total population: 9,606 people
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#1. Sioux County

- Worried about global warming: 74.3%
--- 22.2% higher than North Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 70.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 56.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 67.0%
- Total population: 2,800 people

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