These Mississippi counties have the most people concerned with climate change

Published 11:35 am Thursday, September 2, 2021

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Counties most concerned about climate change in Mississippi

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

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#50. Benton County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.8%
— 7.6% lower than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 50.2%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.5%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 15.0%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.8%
– Total population: 6,453

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#49. Jackson County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.3%
— 6.9% lower than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 50.9%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.8%
– 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: 53.0%
– Total population: 108,190

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#48. Covington County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.3%
— 6.8% lower than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.9%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.6%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.4%
– Total population: 14,318

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#47. Amite County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.6%
— 6.4% lower than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.5%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.1%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.3%
– Total population: 9,876

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#46. Neshoba County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.2%
— 5.3% lower than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 51.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.6%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.8%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.1%
– Total population: 21,167

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#45. Montgomery County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.4%
— 4.9% lower than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.3%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.4%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.2%
– Total population: 7,874

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#44. Lawrence County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.7%
— 4.4% lower than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.0%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.3%
– 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: 54.9%
– Total population: 9,542

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#43. Wayne County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.9%
— 4.2% lower than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.3%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.4%
– Total population: 15,349

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#42. Warren County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.9%
— 4.0% lower than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.6%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.0%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.3%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.5%
– Total population: 35,565

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#41. Lauderdale County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.0%
— 3.9% lower than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.5%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.9%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.0%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.1%
– Total population: 58,946

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#40. Grenada County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.1%
— 3.7% lower than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.5%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.5%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.8%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.0%
– Total population: 16,226

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#39. Franklin County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.2%
— 3.6% lower than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.8%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.5%
– 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: 55.9%
– Total population: 5,894

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#38. Issaquena County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.6%
— 2.9% lower than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.1%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.6%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 13.3%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.7%
– Total population: 1,128

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#37. Chickasaw County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.7%
— 2.7% lower than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.7%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.9%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 16.7%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.9%
– Total population: 12,971

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#36. Panola County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.0%
— 2.1% lower than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.1%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.0%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 15.8%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.4%
– Total population: 25,624

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#35. Attala County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.3%
— 1.7% lower than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.3%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.2%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.2%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.7%
– Total population: 13,842

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#34. Copiah County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.8%
— 0.8% lower than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.1%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.9%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.0%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.0%
– Total population: 22,009

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#33. Lowndes County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.9%
— 0.6% lower than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.3%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.1%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.1%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.5%
– Total population: 45,262

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#32. Madison County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.1%
— 0.4% lower than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.8%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.0%
– 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: 57.9%
– Total population: 77,223

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#31. Walthall County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.3%
— 0.0% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.3%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.6%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.3%
– Total population: 11,141

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#30. Leake County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.4%
— 0.2% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.1%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.0%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.4%
– Total population: 16,779

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#29. Scott County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.4%
— 0.2% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.8%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.9%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.8%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.9%
– Total population: 20,886

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#28. Forrest County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.5%
— 0.3% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.0%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.8%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.8%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.9%
– Total population: 58,007

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#27. Pike County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.5%
— 0.4% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.6%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.4%
– 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: 58.6%
– Total population: 29,295

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#26. Lafayette County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.5%
— 0.5% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.8%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.3%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.9%
– Total population: 43,750

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#25. Jasper County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.6%
— 0.5% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.0%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.8%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 16.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.6%
– Total population: 12,814

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#24. Winston County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.8%
— 0.9% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.5%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.5%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.0%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.0%
– Total population: 14,104

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#23. Oktibbeha County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.0%
— 1.3% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.7%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.0%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.8%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.3%
– Total population: 40,819

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#22. Marshall County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.6%
— 2.3% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.2%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.3%
– 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: 58.1%
– Total population: 28,066

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#21. Clay County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.9%
— 2.7% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.5%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.1%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 16.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.7%
– Total population: 15,196

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#20. Adams County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.9%
— 2.8% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.2%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.2%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 15.9%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.1%
– Total population: 24,946

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#19. Jefferson Davis County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.2%
— 3.3% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.0%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 14.9%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.6%
– Total population: 9,157

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#18. Wilkinson County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.0%
— 4.7% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.3%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 44.5%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 13.5%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.8%
– Total population: 7,082

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#17. Yazoo County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.8%
— 6.0% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.9%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.6%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.5%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.3%
– Total population: 21,193

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#16. Kemper County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.0%
— 6.4% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.8%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.4%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 16.0%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.8%
– Total population: 8,160

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#15. Jefferson County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.4%
— 7.1% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.7%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.8%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 12.5%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.5%
– Total population: 5,658

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#14. Tunica County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.6%
— 7.4% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.8%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.4%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 14.0%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.9%
– Total population: 7,150

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#13. Tallahatchie County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.8%
— 7.7% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.2%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.8%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.7%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.0%
– Total population: 11,484

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#12. Quitman County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.4%
— 8.9% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 47.1%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 14.8%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.3%
– Total population: 5,583

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#11. Leflore County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.6%
— 9.1% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.8%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.9%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 14.7%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.1%
– Total population: 21,524

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#10. Washington County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.2%
— 10.1% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.5%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.8%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 15.0%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.8%
– Total population: 34,736

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#9. Sunflower County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.3%
— 10.3% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 48.0%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 15.6%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.1%
– Total population: 20,470

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#8. Hinds County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.4%
— 10.4% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.6%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 47.1%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.0%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.8%
– Total population: 182,135

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#7. Bolivar County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.8%
— 11.2% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.5%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.5%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 66.1%
– Total population: 24,474

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#6. Claiborne County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.9%
— 11.3% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.6%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 49.5%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 13.7%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 65.4%
– Total population: 7,128

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#5. Sharkey County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.9%
— 11.4% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.9%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 48.5%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 15.7%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.6%
– Total population: 3,411

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#4. Humphreys County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 65.5%
— 12.4% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.9%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 49.2%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 15.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.4%
– Total population: 6,266

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#3. Holmes County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.1%
— 13.5% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.3%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 49.4%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 14.3%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 66.6%
– Total population: 13,352

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#2. Coahoma County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.1%
— 13.5% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 49.4%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 15.9%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 66.6%
– Total population: 17,279

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#1. Noxubee County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.5%
— 14.1% higher than Mississippi average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.7%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 48.8%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 15.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 65.6%
– Total population: 8,096

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