Poll: Half Of N.H. Residents Say Climate Change Is Putting Their Communities At Risk

Jun 20, 2019

A winter storm flood in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
Credit Hampton Beach Village District

A new poll shows half of New Hampshire residents believe climate change is putting their communities at risk.

Since 2008, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication has routinely surveyed thousands of Americans on their beliefs about global warming and policies to help address it.

The group’s latest poll says just over half of people in Grafton, Sullivan and Cheshire Counties believe global warming is harming their community. That’s on par with the national average.

The percentage is lower – in the 40s – across the rest of New Hampshire, including on the Seacoast. Millions of dollars in coastal property there could be threatened by rising seas in the coming decades.

The poll says more than half of New Hampshire residents also believe fossil fuel companies are responsible for global warming impacts, and should pay to fix them.