Counties most concerned about climate change in Oregon

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October 13, 2022
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Counties most concerned about climate change in Oregon

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 Oregon 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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#36. Grant County

- Worried about global warming: 54.0%
--- 13.2% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 55.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 37.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.3%
- Total population: 5,903 people
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#35. Sherman County

- Worried about global warming: 54.1%
--- 13.1% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 53.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 37.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.5%
- Total population: 1,365 people
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#34. Gilliam County

- Worried about global warming: 54.8%
--- 12.4% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 49.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.0%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 35.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.2%
- Total population: 1,505 people
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#33. Douglas County

- Worried about global warming: 55.3%
--- 11.9% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 35.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.7%
- Total population: 87,950 people
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#32. Crook County

- Worried about global warming: 55.8%
--- 11.4% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 35.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.2%
- Total population: 18,452 people
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#31. Klamath County

- Worried about global warming: 56.4%
--- 10.8% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 58.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.8%
- Total population: 52,396 people
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#30. Lake County

- Worried about global warming: 56.6%
--- 10.6% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 40.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.7%
- Total population: 6,362 people
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#29. Morrow County

- Worried about global warming: 56.7%
--- 10.5% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 48.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.6%
- Total population: 8,190 people
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#28. Harney County

- Worried about global warming: 57.0%
--- 10.3% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 41.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.7%
- Total population: 5,768 people
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#27. Baker County

- Worried about global warming: 58.3%
--- 9.0% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 41.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.5%
- Total population: 12,884 people
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#26. Union County

- Worried about global warming: 58.5%
--- 8.7% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 58.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 39.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.7%
- Total population: 20,536 people
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#25. Wheeler County

- Worried about global warming: 58.5%
--- 8.7% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 59.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 43.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 42.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.8%
- Total population: 1,175 people
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#24. Malheur County

- Worried about global warming: 58.6%
--- 8.6% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 43.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.6%
- Total population: 22,697 people
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#23. Umatilla County

- Worried about global warming: 58.7%
--- 8.6% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.5%
- Total population: 57,511 people
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#22. Wallowa County

- Worried about global warming: 58.8%
--- 8.4% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 60.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 41.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.9%
- Total population: 5,721 people
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#21. Linn County

- Worried about global warming: 59.0%
--- 8.2% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 60.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 36.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.1%
- Total population: 96,636 people
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#20. Josephine County

- Worried about global warming: 59.3%
--- 7.9% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 61.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 36.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.7%
- Total population: 69,357 people
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#19. Columbia County

- Worried about global warming: 59.8%
--- 7.4% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 60.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 36.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.7%
- Total population: 40,371 people
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#18. Coos County

- Worried about global warming: 60.0%
--- 7.2% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 58.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 37.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.9%
- Total population: 51,900 people
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#17. Jackson County

- Worried about global warming: 61.1%
--- 6.1% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 62.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 43.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 38.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.3%
- Total population: 171,766 people
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#16. Curry County

- Worried about global warming: 61.5%
--- 5.7% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 62.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 43.0%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 39.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.0%
- Total population: 19,352 people
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#15. Clackamas County

- Worried about global warming: 62.1%
--- 5.1% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 62.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 42.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 41.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.3%
- Total population: 321,445 people
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#14. Yamhill County

- Worried about global warming: 62.7%
--- 4.5% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 64.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 43.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 38.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.9%
- Total population: 81,277 people
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#13. Tillamook County

- Worried about global warming: 63.9%
--- 3.3% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 64.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 43.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 38.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.5%
- Total population: 21,359 people
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#12. Jefferson County

- Worried about global warming: 64.3%
--- 3.0% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 62.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 45.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 37.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.5%
- Total population: 18,048 people
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#11. Wasco County

- Worried about global warming: 64.9%
--- 2.3% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 65.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 45.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 37.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.0%
- Total population: 20,260 people
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#10. Polk County

- Worried about global warming: 64.9%
--- 2.3% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 64.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 44.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 38.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.4%
- Total population: 64,101 people
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#9. Clatsop County

- Worried about global warming: 67.1%
--- 0.1% lower than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 66.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 45.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 41.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.7%
- Total population: 31,640 people
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#8. Marion County

- Worried about global warming: 67.3%
--- 0.1% higher than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 64.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 46.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 37.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.3%
- Total population: 255,398 people
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#7. Deschutes County

- Worried about global warming: 67.4%
--- 0.2% higher than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 67.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 45.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 42.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.2%
- Total population: 148,368 people
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#6. Lincoln County

- Worried about global warming: 67.9%
--- 0.7% higher than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 68.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 45.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 41.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 65.6%
- Total population: 40,337 people
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#5. Lane County

- Worried about global warming: 70.4%
--- 3.2% higher than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 68.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 48.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 42.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 65.9%
- Total population: 303,908 people
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#4. Benton County

- Worried about global warming: 72.1%
--- 4.9% higher than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 74.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 50.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 48.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 68.6%
- Total population: 76,190 people
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#3. Washington County

- Worried about global warming: 73.4%
--- 6.2% higher than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 74.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 51.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 41.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 72.0%
- Total population: 452,591 people
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#2. Hood River County

- Worried about global warming: 74.3%
--- 7.1% higher than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 72.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 52.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 42.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 68.8%
- Total population: 17,613 people
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#1. Multnomah County

- Worried about global warming: 78.3%
--- 11.1% higher than Oregon average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 76.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 56.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 47.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 72.0%
- Total population: 651,525 people

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