Counties most concerned about climate change in Virginia

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

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

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#50. Mecklenburg County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.3%
--- 6.9% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.1%
- 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: 58.2%
- Total population: 25,046
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#49. Spotsylvania County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.4%
--- 6.7% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.7%
- Total population: 98,311
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#48. Chesterfield County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.7%
--- 6.3% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.6%
- 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: 60.0%
- Total population: 257,653
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#47. Radford city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.8%
--- 6.2% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.8%
- Total population: 15,769
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#46. Staunton city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.8%
--- 6.2% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.5%
- Total population: 19,776

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#45. Lancaster County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.8%
--- 6.1% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.1%
- Total population: 9,126
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#44. Prince Edward County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.0%
--- 5.8% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.2%
- 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: 59.7%
- Total population: 19,221
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#43. James City County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.0%
--- 5.8% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.8%
- Total population: 59,033
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#42. Chesapeake city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.2%
--- 5.5% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.9%
- Total population: 180,055
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#41. Greensville County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.2%
--- 5.5% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 44.4%
- 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: 60.0%
- Total population: 9,775

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#40. Caroline County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.3%
--- 5.4% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.2%
- 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: 60.5%
- Total population: 23,226
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#39. Surry County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.4%
--- 5.2% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.5%
- Total population: 5,429
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#38. Suffolk city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.7%
--- 4.7% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.4%
- Total population: 67,189
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#37. Brunswick County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.9%
--- 4.5% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 16.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.9%
- Total population: 13,863
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#36. Franklin city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.0%
--- 4.3% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 16.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.0%
- Total population: 6,227

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#35. Stafford County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.1%
--- 4.1% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.1%
- 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: 62.0%
- Total population: 105,985
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#34. Sussex County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.4%
--- 3.7% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 44.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 16.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.1%
- Total population: 9,728
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#33. Hopewell city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.4%
--- 3.7% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.9%
- 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: 60.7%
- Total population: 16,740
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#32. Montgomery County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.9%
--- 2.9% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.0%
- Total population: 82,638
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#31. Danville city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.6%
--- 1.9% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.1%
- 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: 62.2%
- Total population: 32,404

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#30. Northampton County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.0%
--- 1.2% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.4%
- 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: 62.3%
- Total population: 9,586
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#29. Charles City County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.1%
--- 1.0% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.1%
- 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: 62.3%
- Total population: 5,896
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#28. Henrico County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.1%
--- 1.0% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 44.2%
- 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: 58.0%
- Total population: 250,448
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#27. Lynchburg city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.1%
--- 1.0% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.6%
- Total population: 64,614
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#26. Martinsville city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.4%
--- 0.6% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 67.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.7%
- Total population: 9,988

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#25. Nelson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.4%
--- 0.5% lower than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.3%
- 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: 61.9%
- Total population: 12,099
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#24. Prince William County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.3%
--- 2.4% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.0%
- Total population: 330,795
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#23. Roanoke city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.4%
--- 2.5% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 67.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.8%
- 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: 62.3%
- Total population: 77,762
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#22. Portsmouth city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.4%
--- 2.5% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 68.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.6%
- 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: 65.6%
- Total population: 72,900
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#21. Emporia city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.7%
--- 3.0% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 68.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 50.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 16.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.9%
- Total population: 3,968

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#20. Albemarle County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.8%
--- 3.2% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 70.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 65.8%
- Total population: 84,622
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#19. Lexington city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 67.0%
--- 3.4% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 69.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.9%
- Total population: 6,482
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#18. Manassas city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 67.2%
--- 3.7% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 67.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 47.0%
- 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: 63.7%
- Total population: 30,293
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#17. Hampton city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 67.3%
--- 3.9% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 68.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.1%
- 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: 65.7%
- Total population: 106,716
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#16. Winchester city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 68.2%
--- 5.3% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 68.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.2%
- Total population: 21,421

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#15. Harrisonburg city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 68.3%
--- 5.4% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 68.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.5%
- Total population: 44,592
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#14. Loudoun County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 68.5%
--- 5.7% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 70.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.1%
- Total population: 274,158
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#13. Newport News city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 69.0%
--- 6.5% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 71.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 47.0%
- 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: 66.8%
- Total population: 138,300
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#12. Williamsburg city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 69.6%
--- 7.4% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 72.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 48.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 66.8%
- Total population: 13,171
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#11. Norfolk city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 70.4%
--- 8.7% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 70.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 49.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 67.3%
- Total population: 196,794

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#10. Fredericksburg city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 70.8%
--- 9.3% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 71.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 48.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 68.2%
- Total population: 22,527
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#9. Petersburg city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 71.4%
--- 10.2% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 71.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 51.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 70.2%
- Total population: 25,026
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#8. Fairfax County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 71.8%
--- 10.9% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 74.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 50.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.4%
- Total population: 873,026
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#7. Fairfax city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 72.0%
--- 11.2% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 72.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 48.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 68.0%
- Total population: 18,440
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#6. Falls Church city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 72.8%
--- 12.3% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 74.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 48.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 37.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 69.1%
- Total population: 10,464

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#5. Charlottesville city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 73.1%
--- 12.9% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 73.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 49.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 70.3%
- Total population: 39,658
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#4. Richmond city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 73.2%
--- 13.0% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 73.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 50.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 72.4%
- Total population: 183,783
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#3. Manassas Park city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 73.4%
--- 13.3% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 72.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 53.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 69.7%
- Total population: 12,229
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#2. Arlington County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 76.0%
--- 17.3% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 76.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 51.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 36.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 72.4%
- Total population: 191,026
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#1. Alexandria city

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 76.7%
--- 18.3% higher than Virginia average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 77.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 53.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 75.8%
- Total population: 127,841

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