Counties most concerned about climate change in Missouri

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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 experiencedStacker compiled a list of counties most concerned about climate change in Missouri using data from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

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#50. Newton County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 52.9%
— 9.3% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.2%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.6%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.0%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 48.8%
– Total population: 44,114

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#49. Benton County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.1%
— 9.0% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.0%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.6%
– 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: 50.3%
– Total population: 15,658

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#48. Lafayette County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.1%
— 8.9% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.1%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.5%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.1%
– Total population: 25,030

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#47. Maries County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.2%
— 8.8% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.7%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.3%
– 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: 50.3%
– Total population: 7,059

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#46. Ste. Genevieve County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.3%
— 8.7% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.2%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.8%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.3%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.3%
– Total population: 13,985

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#45. Clinton County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.3%
— 8.6% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.6%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.6%
– 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: 49.7%
– Total population: 15,625

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#44. Bates County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.5%
— 8.3% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 48.9%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.7%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.6%
– Total population: 12,463

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#43. Audrain County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.5%
— 8.3% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.0%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.8%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.0%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.8%
– Total population: 19,747

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#42. Cass County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.6%
— 8.2% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.0%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.7%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.0%
– Total population: 77,386

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#41. Jefferson County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.6%
— 8.1% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.7%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 32.7%
– 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: 50.6%
– Total population: 170,513

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#40. Pemiscot County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.6%
— 8.1% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.1%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.9%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 17.6%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.8%
– Total population: 12,554

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#39. Callaway County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.7%
— 8.0% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.9%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.3%
– 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: 51.3%
– Total population: 35,351

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#38. Jasper County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.7%
— 8.0% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.4%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.0%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 49.5%
– Total population: 89,146

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#37. Lewis County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.8%
— 7.9% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.5%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.6%
– 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: 51.1%
– Total population: 7,726

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#36. Lawrence County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.8%
— 7.8% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.8%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.0%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.7%
– Total population: 28,448

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#35. Reynolds County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.9%
— 7.7% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 53.9%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.2%
– 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: 50.4%
– Total population: 5,035

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#34. Gentry County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 53.9%
— 7.6% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.3%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.1%
– 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: 51.0%
– Total population: 5,027

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#33. Dallas County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.1%
— 7.3% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.5%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.7%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.7%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.7%
– Total population: 12,513

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#32. Polk County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.3%
— 6.9% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.5%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.8%
– 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: 52.1%
– Total population: 24,283

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#31. Bollinger County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.3%
— 6.9% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.3%
– 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: 51.0%
– Total population: 9,579

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#30. Daviess County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.5%
— 6.7% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.2%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.5%
– 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: 51.2%
– Total population: 6,163

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#29. Scotland County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.5%
— 6.6% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.6%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.5%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.7%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.0%
– Total population: 3,509

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#28. Cooper County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.5%
— 6.6% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.6%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.5%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.7%
– Total population: 13,762

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#27. Franklin County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.6%
— 6.4% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 51.8%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.1%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.2%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.0%
– Total population: 78,920

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#26. Dunklin County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.6%
— 6.4% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.6%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.4%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.9%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.1%
– Total population: 22,571

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#25. Livingston County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.8%
— 6.1% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.8%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.5%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.0%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.9%
– Total population: 11,815

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#24. Dade County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.8%
— 6.0% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.2%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.9%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.3%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.8%
– Total population: 6,000

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#23. Carroll County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.9%
— 5.8% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.1%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.2%
– 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: 51.8%
– Total population: 6,842

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#22. Johnson County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.0%
— 5.7% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.9%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.1%
– 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: 51.7%
– Total population: 42,089

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#21. St. Charles County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.2%
— 5.4% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.0%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.0%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.2%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.8%
– Total population: 297,041

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#20. Howard County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.2%
— 5.4% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.9%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.3%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.7%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.0%
– Total population: 7,863

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#19. Shannon County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.5%
— 4.9% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.3%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.5%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.1%
– Total population: 6,446

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#18. Mississippi County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.8%
— 4.3% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.9%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.3%
– 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: 52.9%
– Total population: 10,737

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#17. Cape Girardeau County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.0%
— 4.1% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.7%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.4%
– 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: 53.5%
– Total population: 61,564

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#16. New Madrid County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.1%
— 3.9% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 44.6%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.7%
– 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: 52.2%
– Total population: 13,654

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#15. Saline County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.3%
— 3.5% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.1%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.3%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.0%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.1%
– Total population: 17,802

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#14. Morgan County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.5%
— 3.3% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.5%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.6%
– 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: 52.4%
– Total population: 15,590

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#13. Nodaway County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.7%
— 2.7% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.1%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.0%
– 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: 53.7%
– Total population: 18,853

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#12. Taney County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.9%
— 2.5% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.8%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.3%
– 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: 54.4%
– Total population: 43,068

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#11. Sullivan County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.4%
— 1.6% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.6%
– 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: 53.8%
– Total population: 4,926

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#10. Buchanan County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.8%
— 1.0% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.8%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.4%
– Total population: 68,729

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#9. Adair County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.1%
— 0.4% lower than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.1%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.3%
– 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: 55.2%
– Total population: 20,793

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#8. Pulaski County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.5%
— 3.7% higher than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.7%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.2%
– 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: 58.0%
– Total population: 40,947

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#7. Platte County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.2%
— 5.0% higher than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.5%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.1%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.1%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.5%
– Total population: 75,258

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#6. Clay County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.4%
— 5.2% higher than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.7%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.2%
– 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: 59.2%
– Total population: 180,556

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#5. Greene County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.1%
— 6.3% higher than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.1%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.4%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.3%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.4%
– Total population: 227,966

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#4. St. Louis County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 65.0%
— 11.3% higher than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 68.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.9%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.1%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.7%
– Total population: 777,088

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#3. Boone County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 65.1%
— 11.6% higher than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.5%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 40.9%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.3%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.8%
– Total population: 140,601

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#2. Jackson County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 65.4%
— 12.1% higher than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.9%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.7%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.7%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.1%
– Total population: 527,028

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#1. St. Louis city

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 71.8%
— 23.1% higher than Missouri average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 72.9%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 49.1%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.3%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 68.7%
– Total population: 250,081

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