Counties most concerned about climate change in West Virginia

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October 13, 2022
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Counties most concerned about climate change in West 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 West Virginia 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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#55. Grant County

- Worried about global warming: 46.7%
--- 2.6% lower than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 40.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 32.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 43.0%
- Total population: 9,423 people
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#54. Pleasants County

- Worried about global warming: 48.6%
--- 0.7% lower than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 41.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 31.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 44.1%
- Total population: 6,023 people
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#53. Logan County

- Worried about global warming: 48.8%
--- 0.4% lower than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 49.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 34.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.9%
- Total population: 26,368 people
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#52. Mason County

- Worried about global warming: 48.8%
--- 0.4% lower than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 42.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 32.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 43.9%
- Total population: 21,084 people
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#51. Wirt County

- Worried about global warming: 48.8%
--- 0.4% lower than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 49.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 34.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.4%
- Total population: 4,562 people
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#50. Mingo County

- Worried about global warming: 48.9%
--- 0.4% lower than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 48.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 35.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 46.3%
- Total population: 18,869 people
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#49. Wyoming County

- Worried about global warming: 49.0%
--- 0.2% lower than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 48.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 35.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 46.8%
- Total population: 16,853 people
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#48. Ritchie County

- Worried about global warming: 49.3%
--- 0.0% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 49.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 34.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.5%
- Total population: 7,890 people
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#47. Boone County

- Worried about global warming: 49.5%
--- 0.2% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 49.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 34.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.8%
- Total population: 17,553 people
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#46. Marshall County

- Worried about global warming: 49.8%
--- 0.6% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 43.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 32.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 45.9%
- Total population: 25,180 people
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#45. Lincoln County

- Worried about global warming: 49.9%
--- 0.7% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 50.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 35.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.2%
- Total population: 16,159 people
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#44. Wetzel County

- Worried about global warming: 50.1%
--- 0.9% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 51.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 35.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 48.7%
- Total population: 12,250 people
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#43. Hampshire County

- Worried about global warming: 50.6%
--- 1.3% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 51.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 35.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.4%
- Total population: 18,832 people
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#42. Nicholas County

- Worried about global warming: 50.7%
--- 1.5% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 51.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 35.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 48.2%
- Total population: 19,986 people
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#41. Webster County

- Worried about global warming: 50.8%
--- 1.5% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 50.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 36.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.1%
- Total population: 6,701 people
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#40. Taylor County

- Worried about global warming: 50.8%
--- 1.5% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 52.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 35.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.4%
- Total population: 13,438 people
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#39. Putnam County

- Worried about global warming: 50.9%
--- 1.7% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 46.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 33.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 47.6%
- Total population: 43,873 people
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#38. McDowell County

- Worried about global warming: 51.2%
--- 2.0% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 49.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.0%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.1%
- Total population: 14,833 people
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#37. Wayne County

- Worried about global warming: 51.3%
--- 2.0% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 51.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 35.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 48.7%
- Total population: 31,883 people
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#36. Doddridge County

- Worried about global warming: 51.3%
--- 2.1% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 51.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 36.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.5%
- Total population: 7,219 people
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#35. Calhoun County

- Worried about global warming: 51.6%
--- 2.4% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 51.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.9%
- Total population: 5,858 people
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#34. Mercer County

- Worried about global warming: 51.7%
--- 2.5% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 52.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 48.2%
- Total population: 47,635 people
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#33. Tyler County

- Worried about global warming: 51.9%
--- 2.6% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 51.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 35.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.1%
- Total population: 7,074 people
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#32. Raleigh County

- Worried about global warming: 52.1%
--- 2.8% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 54.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.2%
- Total population: 59,572 people
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#31. Clay County

- Worried about global warming: 52.1%
--- 2.8% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 51.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.0%
- Total population: 6,747 people
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#30. Mineral County

- Worried about global warming: 52.3%
--- 3.1% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 49.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 34.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.4%
- Total population: 21,700 people
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#29. Monroe County

- Worried about global warming: 52.4%
--- 3.1% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 52.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.5%
- Total population: 10,776 people
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#28. Tucker County

- Worried about global warming: 52.5%
--- 3.2% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 53.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.5%
- Total population: 5,863 people
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#27. Lewis County

- Worried about global warming: 52.9%
--- 3.6% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 53.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 36.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.3%
- Total population: 12,738 people
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#26. Wood County

- Worried about global warming: 52.9%
--- 3.7% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 52.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 36.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.2%
- Total population: 67,020 people
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#25. Hancock County

- Worried about global warming: 53.3%
--- 4.0% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 52.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 36.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.3%
- Total population: 23,765 people
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#24. Hardy County

- Worried about global warming: 53.3%
--- 4.1% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 52.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.2%
- Total population: 10,965 people
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#23. Preston County

- Worried about global warming: 53.3%
--- 4.1% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 53.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.6%
- Total population: 27,187 people
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#22. Braxton County

- Worried about global warming: 53.4%
--- 4.2% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 53.3%
- 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: 51.3%
- Total population: 11,393 people
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#21. Jackson County

- Worried about global warming: 53.5%
--- 4.2% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 53.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 36.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.6%
- Total population: 22,686 people
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#20. Brooke County

- Worried about global warming: 53.5%
--- 4.3% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 52.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 35.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.0%
- Total population: 18,531 people
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#19. Harrison County

- Worried about global warming: 53.6%
--- 4.3% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 50.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 35.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.1%
- Total population: 53,360 people
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#18. Morgan County

- Worried about global warming: 53.6%
--- 4.3% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 54.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.9%
- Total population: 14,439 people
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#17. Greenbrier County

- Worried about global warming: 54.0%
--- 4.8% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 54.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.9%
- Total population: 28,245 people
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#16. Upshur County

- Worried about global warming: 54.4%
--- 5.1% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 53.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.3%
- Total population: 19,481 people
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#15. Pocahontas County

- Worried about global warming: 54.4%
--- 5.1% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 54.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.4%
- Total population: 6,988 people
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#14. Roane County

- Worried about global warming: 54.7%
--- 5.5% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 54.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.5%
- Total population: 11,024 people
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#13. Randolph County

- Worried about global warming: 54.7%
--- 5.5% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 54.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 37.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.6%
- Total population: 23,393 people
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#12. Gilmer County

- Worried about global warming: 54.9%
--- 5.6% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 54.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.0%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.0%
- Total population: 6,833 people
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#11. Barbour County

- Worried about global warming: 55.4%
--- 6.2% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 54.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.9%
- Total population: 13,299 people
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#10. Summers County

- Worried about global warming: 55.5%
--- 6.2% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 54.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.4%
- Total population: 10,691 people
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#9. Fayette County

- Worried about global warming: 55.8%
--- 6.5% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 55.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.8%
- Total population: 34,570 people
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#8. Pendleton County

- Worried about global warming: 55.8%
--- 6.6% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 55.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.7%
- Total population: 5,722 people
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#7. Marion County

- Worried about global warming: 56.9%
--- 7.6% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.0%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.9%
- Total population: 45,066 people
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#6. Ohio County

- Worried about global warming: 57.0%
--- 7.7% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 38.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.7%
- Total population: 34,081 people
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#5. Berkeley County

- Worried about global warming: 58.7%
--- 9.4% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.5%
- Total population: 88,198 people
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#4. Cabell County

- Worried about global warming: 60.0%
--- 10.7% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 60.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 40.0%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.6%
- Total population: 75,651 people
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#3. Kanawha County

- Worried about global warming: 61.0%
--- 11.7% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 58.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 39.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.0%
- Total population: 146,407 people
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#2. Jefferson County

- Worried about global warming: 62.2%
--- 12.9% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 62.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 42.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.3%
- Total population: 43,821 people
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#1. Monongalia County

- Worried about global warming: 63.9%
--- 14.6% higher than West Virginia average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 63.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 43.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 37.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.0%
- Total population: 88,191 people

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