Counties most concerned about climate change in Oregon

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September 2, 2021
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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.

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#36. Grant County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.2%
--- 18.6% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 48.7%
- Total population: 5,874
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#35. Gilliam County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 51.5%
--- 18.1% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.1%
- Total population: 1,513
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#34. Douglas County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.6%
--- 16.3% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.4%
- Total population: 87,276
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#33. Harney County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.0%
--- 15.7% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.0%
- Total population: 5,729
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#32. Lake County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.0%
--- 15.6% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.5%
- Total population: 6,365

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#31. Klamath County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.3%
--- 13.6% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.2%
- 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: 51.3%
- Total population: 51,901
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#30. Crook County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.4%
--- 13.5% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.0%
- Total population: 17,900
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#29. Sherman County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.4%
--- 13.4% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.8%
- Total population: 1,343
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#28. Wallowa County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.7%
--- 11.5% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.3%
- Total population: 5,647
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#27. Linn County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.9%
--- 11.1% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.5%
- Total population: 94,707

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#26. Umatilla County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.9%
--- 11.1% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.3%
- 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: 51.5%
- Total population: 57,210
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#25. Baker County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.0%
--- 10.9% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.7%
- Total population: 12,876
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#24. Malheur County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.0%
--- 10.9% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.3%
- 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: 51.3%
- Total population: 22,692
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#23. Josephine County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.1%
--- 10.8% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.1%
- Total population: 68,693
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#22. Wheeler County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.2%
--- 10.6% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.8%
- Total population: 1,206

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#21. Union County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.3%
--- 10.4% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.2%
- Total population: 20,270
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#20. Morrow County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.6%
--- 9.9% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 45.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.9%
- Total population: 8,067
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#19. Curry County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.1%
--- 9.2% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.2%
- Total population: 19,198
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#18. Columbia County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.1%
--- 9.2% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.7%
- Total population: 39,774
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#17. Coos County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.4%
--- 8.8% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.6%
- 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: 54.9%
- Total population: 51,547

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#16. Jackson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.8%
--- 8.0% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.0%
- Total population: 169,653
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#15. Clackamas County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.7%
--- 5.1% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.1%
- Total population: 316,909
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#14. Yamhill County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.8%
--- 4.8% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.2%
- Total population: 80,137
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#13. Tillamook County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.2%
--- 2.6% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.7%
- Total population: 21,131
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#12. Wasco County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.3%
--- 0.8% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.1%
- Total population: 20,040

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#11. Jefferson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.4%
--- 0.8% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.3%
- Total population: 17,681
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#10. Polk County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.7%
--- 0.2% lower than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.8%
- Total population: 62,594
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#9. Clatsop County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.8%
--- 3.1% higher than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.1%
- Total population: 31,051
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#8. Deschutes County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.9%
--- 3.3% higher than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.0%
- Total population: 143,104
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#7. Marion County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 65.0%
--- 3.4% higher than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.3%
- Total population: 251,462

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#6. Lincoln County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 65.8%
--- 4.7% higher than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.9%
- Total population: 39,681
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#5. Lane County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 68.0%
--- 8.2% higher than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 67.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.0%
- Total population: 299,602
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#4. Washington County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 69.8%
--- 11.0% higher than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 74.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 70.1%
- Total population: 444,412
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#3. Benton County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 70.1%
--- 11.5% higher than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 73.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 37.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 67.4%
- Total population: 74,955
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#2. Hood River County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 72.3%
--- 14.9% higher than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 71.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 48.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 67.6%
- Total population: 17,427

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#1. Multnomah County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 75.7%
--- 20.4% higher than Oregon average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 75.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 50.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 36.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 70.5%
- Total population: 644,139

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