Counties most concerned about climate change in Ohio

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

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

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#50. Fayette County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 50.9%
--- 11.5% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 32.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 48.8%
- Total population: 21,792
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#49. Columbiana County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.0%
--- 11.3% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.8%
- Total population: 82,481
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#48. Logan County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.0%
--- 11.3% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.6%
- 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: 49.9%
- Total population: 34,616
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#47. Allen County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.1%
--- 11.2% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.8%
- Total population: 79,526
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#46. Defiance County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.1%
--- 11.2% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.5%
- Total population: 29,391

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#45. Sandusky County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.3%
--- 10.8% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.3%
- 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: 50.1%
- Total population: 45,715
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#44. Ross County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.3%
--- 10.7% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.6%
- Total population: 60,422
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#43. Hocking County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.4%
--- 10.6% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.1%
- 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: 51.1%
- Total population: 22,129
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#42. Ottawa County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.5%
--- 10.4% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.1%
- Total population: 32,937
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#41. Adams County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.6%
--- 10.3% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 44.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 32.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 16.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.3%
- Total population: 21,028

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#40. Hardin County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.7%
--- 10.0% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.4%
- Total population: 24,173
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#39. Coshocton County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.7%
--- 10.0% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.2%
- Total population: 27,943
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#38. Williams County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.8%
--- 9.9% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 32.7%
- 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: 51.9%
- Total population: 28,468
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#37. Scioto County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.8%
--- 9.9% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.2%
- Total population: 59,674
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#36. Washington County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.8%
--- 9.9% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.1%
- 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: 50.1%
- Total population: 48,679

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#35. Butler County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.9%
--- 9.8% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.3%
- 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: 51.4%
- Total population: 288,149
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#34. Hancock County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.9%
--- 9.8% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.7%
- 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: 50.8%
- Total population: 58,689
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#33. Jefferson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.2%
--- 9.1% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 49.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 32.7%
- 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: 50.1%
- Total population: 53,925
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#32. Marion County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.6%
--- 8.5% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.3%
- 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: 51.0%
- Total population: 51,630
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#31. Fairfield County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.6%
--- 8.5% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.4%
- 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: 54.5%
- Total population: 115,864

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#30. Medina County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.7%
--- 8.4% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.2%
- 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: 52.2%
- Total population: 136,601
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#29. Muskingum County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.8%
--- 8.2% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.1%
- 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: 53.0%
- Total population: 66,245
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#28. Warren County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.8%
--- 8.1% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.4%
- Total population: 169,153
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#27. Miami County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.0%
--- 7.8% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.3%
- 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: 55.7%
- Total population: 80,496
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#26. Wayne County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.2%
--- 7.5% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.3%
- 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: 49.6%
- Total population: 87,759

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#25. Delaware County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.5%
--- 6.9% lower than Ohio 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: 25.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.6%
- Total population: 143,776
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#24. Knox County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.7%
--- 6.6% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.0%
- 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: 53.4%
- Total population: 47,188
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#23. Clermont County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.4%
--- 5.4% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.3%
- Total population: 155,263
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#22. Seneca County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.8%
--- 4.6% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.4%
- Total population: 43,194
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#21. Portage County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.1%
--- 4.1% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.7%
- Total population: 131,657

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#20. Clark County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.2%
--- 3.9% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.4%
- Total population: 104,484
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#19. Licking County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.4%
--- 3.7% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.6%
- Total population: 131,924
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#18. Erie County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.0%
--- 2.6% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.4%
- 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: 54.7%
- Total population: 59,670
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#17. Holmes County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.3%
--- 2.1% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.1%
- Total population: 29,731
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#16. Ashtabula County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.3%
--- 2.0% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.0%
- Total population: 76,228

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#15. Greene County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.5%
--- 1.7% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.2%
- 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: 55.1%
- Total population: 131,568
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#14. Lorain County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.7%
--- 1.4% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.4%
- 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: 57.3%
- Total population: 237,912
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#13. Trumbull County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.0%
--- 0.8% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.4%
- Total population: 159,890
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#12. Geauga County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.0%
--- 0.8% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.3%
- 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: 52.7%
- Total population: 71,886
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#11. Montgomery County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.4%
--- 0.2% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.3%
- 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: 53.6%
- Total population: 413,351

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#10. Lake County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.4%
--- 0.1% lower than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.9%
- Total population: 182,806
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#9. Stark County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.6%
--- 0.2% higher than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.1%
- Total population: 292,310
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#8. Summit County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.8%
--- 0.6% higher than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.4%
- 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: 59.7%
- Total population: 426,480
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#7. Wood County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.9%
--- 0.8% higher than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.5%
- 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: 59.4%
- Total population: 103,266
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#6. Mahoning County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.3%
--- 4.9% higher than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.1%
- 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: 58.9%
- Total population: 184,213

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#5. Hamilton County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.9%
--- 9.4% higher than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 67.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.8%
- 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: 66.0%
- Total population: 624,059
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#4. Lucas County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.1%
--- 11.5% higher than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.4%
- 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: 65.2%
- Total population: 332,371
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#3. Cuyahoga County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.6%
--- 12.3% higher than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 70.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.1%
- 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: 66.6%
- Total population: 989,090
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#2. Athens County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 65.7%
--- 14.2% higher than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 68.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.5%
- Total population: 56,133
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#1. Franklin County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 67.0%
--- 16.5% higher than Ohio average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 69.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.9%
- 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: 65.6%
- Total population: 976,261

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