Counties most concerned about climate change in Washington

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

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

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#39. Garfield County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.3%
--- 18.5% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.7%
- 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: 50.8%
- Total population: 1,695
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#38. Asotin County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.0%
--- 17.5% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.7%
- Total population: 17,695
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#37. Lewis County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.6%
--- 16.5% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.2%
- Total population: 60,294
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#36. Benton County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.2%
--- 15.6% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.5%
- 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: 56.0%
- Total population: 142,119
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#35. Pend Oreille County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.4%
--- 15.3% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.5%
- Total population: 10,619

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#34. Lincoln County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.6%
--- 15.0% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.0%
- Total population: 8,196
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#33. Wahkiakum County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.7%
--- 14.9% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.9%
- Total population: 3,488
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#32. Douglas County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.9%
--- 13.0% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.0%
- Total population: 30,516
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#31. Stevens County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.0%
--- 12.9% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.0%
- Total population: 34,551
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#30. Skamania County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.8%
--- 11.7% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.4%
- Total population: 9,374

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#29. Columbia County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.0%
--- 11.4% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.7%
- 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: 55.1%
- Total population: 3,215
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#28. Spokane County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.4%
--- 10.7% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.0%
- Total population: 386,685
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#27. Grays Harbor County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.7%
--- 10.3% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.4%
- Total population: 57,009
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#26. Franklin County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.3%
--- 9.4% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.7%
- 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: 51.2%
- Total population: 60,745
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#25. Pacific County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.3%
--- 9.3% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.5%
- 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: 55.2%
- Total population: 17,672

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#24. Grant County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.6%
--- 8.9% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.6%
- Total population: 66,556
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#23. Okanogan County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.9%
--- 8.4% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.1%
- Total population: 32,075
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#22. Klickitat County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.3%
--- 7.8% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.1%
- Total population: 17,171
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#21. Cowlitz County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.3%
--- 7.8% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.1%
- 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: 57.8%
- Total population: 80,999
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#20. Chelan County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.4%
--- 7.7% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.3%
- 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: 55.2%
- Total population: 57,638

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#19. Mason County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.3%
--- 6.2% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.5%
- Total population: 50,444
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#18. Pierce County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.6%
--- 5.8% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.3%
- 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: 60.6%
- Total population: 655,903
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#17. Kittitas County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.0%
--- 5.2% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.6%
- 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: 58.3%
- Total population: 37,015
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#16. Clallam County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.2%
--- 4.9% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.9%
- 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: 58.5%
- Total population: 61,519
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#15. Ferry County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.7%
--- 4.2% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.6%
- 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: 6,222

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#14. Adams County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.6%
--- 2.8% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.8%
- Total population: 12,611
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#13. Walla Walla County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.6%
--- 2.7% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.3%
- Total population: 47,351
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#12. Island County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.8%
--- 2.5% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 67.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.1%
- Total population: 66,565
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#11. Yakima County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.8%
--- 2.4% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 44.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.9%
- Total population: 174,900
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#10. Skagit County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.5%
--- 1.4% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.9%
- 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: 61.4%
- Total population: 96,381

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#9. Clark County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.5%
--- 1.4% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.3%
- 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: 58.9%
- Total population: 350,739
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#8. Whitman County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 65.4%
--- 0.1% lower than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 68.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 44.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.0%
- Total population: 41,276
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#7. Jefferson County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.0%
--- 0.9% higher than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 69.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.1%
- 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: 62.7%
- Total population: 26,928
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#6. Kitsap County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.1%
--- 1.0% higher than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 67.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.8%
- Total population: 208,111
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#5. Thurston County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.1%
--- 1.0% higher than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.9%
- Total population: 214,882

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#4. Whatcom County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 67.4%
--- 3.0% higher than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 70.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.8%
- Total population: 173,855
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#3. Snohomish County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 68.1%
--- 4.2% higher than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 69.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 44.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.9%
- Total population: 606,326
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#2. San Juan County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 69.6%
--- 6.4% higher than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 72.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 37.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 66.7%
- Total population: 14,239
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#1. King County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 72.4%
--- 10.7% higher than Washington average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 76.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 35.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 67.0%
- Total population: 1,717,879

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