Counties most concerned about climate change in Oklahoma

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

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

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#50. Pittsburg County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 50.9%
--- 7.9% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 50.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.9%
- 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: 47.8%
- Total population: 34,544
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#49. Le Flore County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.0%
--- 7.7% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 46.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.2%
- Total population: 37,924
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#48. Pawnee County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.0%
--- 7.6% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 46.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.3%
- Total population: 12,487
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#47. Beaver County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.1%
--- 7.5% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 48.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 46.9%
- Total population: 4,059
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#46. Wagoner County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.2%
--- 7.3% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 49.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.5%
- 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: 49.4%
- Total population: 58,540

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#45. Pushmataha County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.2%
--- 7.2% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 50.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.2%
- Total population: 8,644
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#44. Bryan County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.2%
--- 7.2% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 51.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.3%
- Total population: 35,011
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#43. Haskell County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.3%
--- 7.1% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 50.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.1%
- Total population: 9,634
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#42. Atoka County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.4%
--- 6.9% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 43.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 48.2%
- Total population: 10,737
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#41. McCurtain County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.4%
--- 6.9% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 50.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.9%
- Total population: 24,589

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#40. Pottawatomie County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.6%
--- 6.6% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 51.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.4%
- Total population: 54,598
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#39. Carter County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.6%
--- 6.6% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 51.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.4%
- Total population: 36,134
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#38. Murray County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.6%
--- 6.5% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 50.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.9%
- 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: 48.3%
- Total population: 10,627
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#37. Kay County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.6%
--- 6.5% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 49.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.4%
- 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: 44.8%
- Total population: 33,645
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#36. Johnston County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.7%
--- 6.5% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 49.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 48.9%
- Total population: 8,437

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#35. Sequoyah County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.7%
--- 6.5% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 49.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.3%
- Total population: 31,711
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#34. Delaware County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.7%
--- 6.4% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 51.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.2%
- 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: 46.4%
- Total population: 33,388
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#33. Mayes County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.9%
--- 6.0% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 43.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.5%
- 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: 46.1%
- Total population: 31,225
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#32. Craig County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.9%
--- 6.0% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 50.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.9%
- 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: 47.5%
- Total population: 11,281
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#31. Nowata County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.0%
--- 5.8% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 50.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.9%
- 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: 48.1%
- Total population: 7,994

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#30. Hughes County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.0%
--- 5.8% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 51.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.6%
- 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: 48.1%
- Total population: 10,526
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#29. Garfield County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.3%
--- 5.3% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 51.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.0%
- 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: 47.5%
- Total population: 46,044
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#28. Ottawa County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.3%
--- 5.3% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 50.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.9%
- 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: 49.6%
- Total population: 23,728
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#27. Adair County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.3%
--- 5.2% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 49.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 16.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.0%
- Total population: 16,274
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#26. Love County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.6%
--- 4.8% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 51.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.7%
- 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: 48.6%
- Total population: 7,434

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#25. Washington County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.6%
--- 4.7% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.3%
- Total population: 39,637
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#24. Harper County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.7%
--- 4.5% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 50.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.2%
- 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: 48.6%
- Total population: 2,828
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#23. Pontotoc County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.2%
--- 3.7% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.2%
- Total population: 29,222
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#22. Osage County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.4%
--- 3.4% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.4%
- 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: 50.6%
- Total population: 36,655
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#21. McIntosh County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.5%
--- 3.2% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.1%
- 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: 49.3%
- Total population: 15,779

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#20. Okmulgee County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.7%
--- 2.9% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.4%
- 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: 48.7%
- Total population: 29,586
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#19. Kiowa County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.7%
--- 2.8% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.4%
- 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: 49.6%
- Total population: 6,883
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#18. Custer County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.8%
--- 2.6% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.7%
- 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: 50.3%
- Total population: 21,865
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#17. Logan County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.0%
--- 2.2% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.8%
- Total population: 35,081
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#16. Seminole County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.7%
--- 1.0% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 49.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.0%
- 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: 47.2%
- Total population: 18,731

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#15. Creek County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.9%
--- 0.6% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 51.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.2%
- Total population: 53,964
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#14. Okfuskee County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.0%
--- 0.4% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.6%
- 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: 51.0%
- Total population: 9,299
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#13. Texas County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.2%
--- 0.0% lower than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.5%
- 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: 49.6%
- Total population: 15,210
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#12. Muskogee County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.5%
--- 0.4% higher than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 49.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.8%
- 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: 50.9%
- Total population: 52,167
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#11. Cleveland County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.5%
--- 0.5% higher than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.7%
- 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: 51.0%
- Total population: 215,938

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#10. Tillman County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.6%
--- 0.7% higher than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.1%
- 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: 49.8%
- Total population: 5,706
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#9. Payne County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.8%
--- 1.0% higher than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.4%
- 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: 53.5%
- Total population: 65,800
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#8. Caddo County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.2%
--- 1.7% higher than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.7%
- Total population: 21,926
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#7. Marshall County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.5%
--- 2.3% higher than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.9%
- Total population: 12,540
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#6. Harmon County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.7%
--- 2.7% higher than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.9%
- 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: 51.6%
- Total population: 2,066

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#5. Jackson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.6%
--- 4.4% higher than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.1%
- Total population: 18,884
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#4. Cherokee County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.6%
--- 6.1% higher than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.6%
- 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: 53.2%
- Total population: 37,607
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#3. Tulsa County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.1%
--- 7.1% higher than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.6%
- Total population: 479,193
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#2. Comanche County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.6%
--- 9.7% higher than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.7%
- Total population: 93,299
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#1. Oklahoma County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.4%
--- 13.1% higher than Oklahoma average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.9%
- 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: 57.8%
- Total population: 581,063

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