Counties most concerned about climate change in South Carolina

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September 2, 2021
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Counties most concerned about climate change in South Carolina

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 South Carolina using data from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

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#46. Oconee County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.2%
--- 11.3% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.8%
- 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: 50.2%
- Total population: 61,188
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#45. Pickens County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.9%
--- 10.2% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.7%
- 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: 51.2%
- Total population: 99,061
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#44. Cherokee County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.2%
--- 9.7% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.1%
- Total population: 43,453
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#43. Anderson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.7%
--- 8.8% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.2%
- 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: 53.6%
- Total population: 150,725
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#42. Newberry County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.8%
--- 8.6% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.5%
- Total population: 29,628

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#41. York County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.3%
--- 7.7% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.8%
- 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: 52.7%
- Total population: 195,248
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#40. Laurens County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.6%
--- 7.3% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.4%
- 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: 55.1%
- Total population: 52,001
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#39. Aiken County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.0%
--- 6.5% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.7%
- 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: 51.9%
- Total population: 130,280
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#38. Greenville County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.1%
--- 6.4% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.2%
- 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: 52.6%
- Total population: 382,167
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#37. Lancaster County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.5%
--- 5.7% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.6%
- 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: 53.2%
- Total population: 69,939

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#36. Horry County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.7%
--- 5.4% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.4%
- 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: 55.0%
- Total population: 260,975
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#35. Florence County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.0%
--- 4.9% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.9%
- Total population: 105,335
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#34. Union County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.1%
--- 4.7% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.0%
- Total population: 21,698
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#33. Kershaw County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.3%
--- 4.4% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.6%
- 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: 53.2%
- Total population: 49,348
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#32. Calhoun County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.3%
--- 4.4% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.6%
- Total population: 11,822

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#31. Abbeville County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.6%
--- 3.9% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.8%
- 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: 54.0%
- Total population: 19,490
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#30. Barnwell County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.6%
--- 3.9% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 16.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.3%
- Total population: 16,300
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#29. Saluda County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.6%
--- 3.9% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.9%
- 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: 54.1%
- Total population: 15,837
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#28. McCormick County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.3%
--- 2.7% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.0%
- 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: 56.3%
- Total population: 8,412
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#27. Chesterfield County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.4%
--- 2.6% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.4%
- 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: 57.1%
- Total population: 35,672

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#26. Edgefield County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.7%
--- 2.0% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.8%
- Total population: 21,818
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#25. Dorchester County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.8%
--- 1.9% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.3%
- 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: 58.2%
- Total population: 116,745
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#24. Berkeley County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.0%
--- 1.6% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.6%
- Total population: 158,532
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#23. Greenwood County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.6%
--- 0.5% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.0%
- 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: 57.0%
- Total population: 54,120
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#22. Spartanburg County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.8%
--- 0.1% lower than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.1%
- 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: 55.6%
- Total population: 231,737

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#21. Lexington County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.9%
--- 0.1% higher than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.1%
- 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: 57.5%
- Total population: 219,263
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#20. Colleton County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.9%
--- 0.1% higher than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.0%
- 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: 57.3%
- Total population: 29,081
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#19. Darlington County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.0%
--- 0.2% higher than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.5%
- 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: 55.9%
- Total population: 52,013
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#18. Chester County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.5%
--- 1.1% higher than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.2%
- 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: 57.9%
- Total population: 24,929
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#17. Clarendon County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.7%
--- 3.1% higher than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.2%
- 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: 57.9%
- Total population: 27,276

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#16. Georgetown County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.0%
--- 3.5% higher than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.2%
- 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: 58.5%
- Total population: 49,807
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#15. Marlboro County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.7%
--- 4.7% higher than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 44.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 16.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.8%
- Total population: 21,601
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#14. Dillon County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.0%
--- 5.3% higher than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.9%
- Total population: 22,980
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#13. Beaufort County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.2%
--- 5.6% higher than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.8%
- Total population: 147,388
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#12. Lee County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.3%
--- 5.9% higher than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 44.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 15.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.1%
- Total population: 14,082

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#11. Fairfield County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.4%
--- 6.1% higher than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 44.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 16.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.1%
- Total population: 18,229
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#10. Sumter County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.0%
--- 7.0% higher than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.2%
- Total population: 80,986
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#9. Williamsburg County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.2%
--- 7.3% higher than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 14.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.1%
- Total population: 24,979
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#8. Bamberg County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.4%
--- 7.6% higher than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 15.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.2%
- Total population: 11,632
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#7. Marion County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.4%
--- 7.6% higher than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.1%
- Total population: 24,252

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#6. Orangeburg County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.1%
--- 8.9% higher than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 44.9%
- 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: 60.3%
- Total population: 68,781
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#5. Hampton County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.2%
--- 9.0% higher than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.3%
- 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: 62.6%
- Total population: 15,469
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#4. Allendale County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.4%
--- 9.4% higher than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 47.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 14.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.3%
- Total population: 7,472
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#3. Charleston County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 65.5%
--- 11.3% higher than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 67.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.7%
- 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: 62.4%
- Total population: 316,092
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#2. Jasper County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.6%
--- 13.2% higher than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 47.1%
- 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: 63.8%
- Total population: 21,992

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#1. Richland County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 69.9%
--- 18.8% higher than South Carolina average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 70.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 47.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 66.8%
- Total population: 319,980

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