Counties most concerned about climate change in South Dakota

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October 13, 2022
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Counties most concerned about climate change in South Dakota

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 Dakota 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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#50. McPherson County

- Worried about global warming: 54.8%
--- 3.8% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 54.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.4%
- Total population: 1,804 people
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#49. Pennington County

- Worried about global warming: 54.9%
--- 3.8% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.7%
- Total population: 84,917 people
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#48. Union County

- Worried about global warming: 55.2%
--- 3.5% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.8%
- Total population: 11,646 people
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#47. Sanborn County

- Worried about global warming: 55.2%
--- 3.4% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 35.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.2%
- Total population: 1,807 people
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#46. Yankton County

- Worried about global warming: 55.2%
--- 3.4% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 58.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.0%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.2%
- Total population: 17,904 people
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#45. Turner County

- Worried about global warming: 55.4%
--- 3.3% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.1%
- Total population: 6,311 people
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#44. Meade County

- Worried about global warming: 55.6%
--- 3.1% lower than South Dakota 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: 33.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.8%
- Total population: 21,282 people
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#43. Butte County

- Worried about global warming: 55.6%
--- 3.1% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.4%
- Total population: 7,698 people
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#42. Jones County

- Worried about global warming: 55.6%
--- 3.0% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 55.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 38.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.1%
- Total population: 649 people
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#41. Deuel County

- Worried about global warming: 55.7%
--- 2.9% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.0%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.4%
- Total population: 3,291 people
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#40. Kingsbury County

- Worried about global warming: 56.0%
--- 2.7% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.5%
- Total population: 3,841 people
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#39. Stanley County

- Worried about global warming: 56.2%
--- 2.4% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.4%
- Total population: 2,329 people
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#38. Hyde County

- Worried about global warming: 56.4%
--- 2.3% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 35.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.2%
- Total population: 1,066 people
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#37. Bon Homme County

- Worried about global warming: 56.4%
--- 2.2% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.1%
- Total population: 5,592 people
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#36. Beadle County

- Worried about global warming: 56.5%
--- 2.1% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.4%
- Total population: 13,391 people
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#35. Lincoln County

- Worried about global warming: 56.6%
--- 2.1% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 58.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.8%
- Total population: 40,784 people
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#34. Hughes County

- Worried about global warming: 56.6%
--- 2.1% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.8%
- Total population: 13,505 people
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#33. Perkins County

- Worried about global warming: 56.7%
--- 2.0% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 39.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.5%
- Total population: 2,274 people
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#32. Aurora County

- Worried about global warming: 56.7%
--- 1.9% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.4%
- Total population: 2,024 people
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#31. Edmunds County

- Worried about global warming: 56.7%
--- 1.9% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 35.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.7%
- Total population: 2,939 people
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#30. Miner County

- Worried about global warming: 56.8%
--- 1.8% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.4%
- Total population: 1,660 people
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#29. McCook County

- Worried about global warming: 56.9%
--- 1.8% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.2%
- Total population: 4,029 people
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#28. Faulk County

- Worried about global warming: 57.1%
--- 1.5% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 36.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.0%
- Total population: 1,797 people
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#27. Lake County

- Worried about global warming: 57.2%
--- 1.4% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 59.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.9%
- Total population: 10,104 people
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#26. Spink County

- Worried about global warming: 57.4%
--- 1.3% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 58.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.0%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.6%
- Total population: 4,907 people
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#25. Custer County

- Worried about global warming: 57.8%
--- 0.9% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 58.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.1%
- Total population: 7,333 people
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#24. Lawrence County

- Worried about global warming: 58.4%
--- 0.3% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 59.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.5%
- Total population: 20,977 people
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#23. Clark County

- Worried about global warming: 58.4%
--- 0.2% lower than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 58.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 36.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.8%
- Total population: 2,729 people
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#22. Brown County

- Worried about global warming: 58.7%
--- 0.1% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 59.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.6%
- Total population: 29,771 people
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#21. Marshall County

- Worried about global warming: 58.9%
--- 0.2% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 60.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.0%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.0%
- Total population: 3,596 people
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#20. Charles Mix County

- Worried about global warming: 58.9%
--- 0.3% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 58.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 42.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.3%
- Total population: 6,566 people
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#19. Day County

- Worried about global warming: 59.1%
--- 0.4% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 59.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.2%
- Total population: 4,256 people
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#18. Jerauld County

- Worried about global warming: 59.7%
--- 1.1% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 58.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.4%
- Total population: 1,594 people
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#17. Fall River County

- Worried about global warming: 59.9%
--- 1.3% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 59.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 41.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 35.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.3%
- Total population: 5,589 people
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#16. Brookings County

- Worried about global warming: 60.4%
--- 1.8% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 62.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.8%
- Total population: 27,543 people
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#15. Moody County

- Worried about global warming: 60.6%
--- 2.0% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 60.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 42.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.1%
- Total population: 4,840 people
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#14. Lyman County

- Worried about global warming: 61.4%
--- 2.8% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 59.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 44.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.0%
- Total population: 2,715 people
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#13. Roberts County

- Worried about global warming: 62.2%
--- 3.6% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 61.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 44.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.1%
- Total population: 7,494 people
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#12. Brule County

- Worried about global warming: 62.3%
--- 3.6% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 60.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 43.0%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 37.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.3%
- Total population: 3,931 people
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#11. Minnehaha County

- Worried about global warming: 62.5%
--- 3.8% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 64.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 42.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.3%
- Total population: 140,957 people
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#10. Mellette County

- Worried about global warming: 63.2%
--- 4.5% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 61.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 47.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.6%
- Total population: 1,399 people
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#9. Bennett County

- Worried about global warming: 63.9%
--- 5.3% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 61.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 47.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.8%
- Total population: 2,200 people
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#8. Jackson County

- Worried about global warming: 64.3%
--- 5.7% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 61.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 48.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.6%
- Total population: 2,250 people
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#7. Clay County

- Worried about global warming: 66.2%
--- 7.5% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 68.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 46.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 39.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.7%
- Total population: 11,603 people
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#6. Corson County

- Worried about global warming: 69.3%
--- 10.6% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 66.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 52.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.9%
- Total population: 2,638 people
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#5. Dewey County

- Worried about global warming: 69.4%
--- 10.7% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 66.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 51.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.5%
- Total population: 3,675 people
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#4. Todd County

- Worried about global warming: 69.9%
--- 11.2% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 66.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 51.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.2%
- Total population: 5,934 people
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#3. Buffalo County

- Worried about global warming: 72.6%
--- 14.0% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 68.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 55.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 66.2%
- Total population: 1,259 people
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#2. Ziebach County

- Worried about global warming: 73.6%
--- 15.0% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 69.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 55.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 67.8%
- Total population: 1,946 people
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#1. Oglala Lakota County

- Worried about global warming: 77.1%
--- 18.5% higher than South Dakota average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 72.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 58.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 70.3%
- Total population: 9,008 people

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