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Canadians are increasingly supportive of oil and gas development amid the war in Ukraine and the energy crisis in Europe, although they remain divided on the transition to renewable energy, according to a recent Ipsos poll.
Carried out for Global News, the poll found that 40% of Canadians surveyed said these items had an influence on their vision regarding the exploitation of oil and gas.
Slightly more than half of them (52%) also said that the country must do more to help Europe and send more natural gas.
“We're seeing a Canadian public questioning whether or not we can support Ukraine, support our European allies, and at the same time [support] this transition to more renewable, cleaner sources of energy,” he told the outlet. Gregory Jack, Vice President of Ipsos Public Affairs.
Nearly 45% of respondents also argued that the support of European allies is more important than the fight against climate change.
However, 52% of respondents said that climate change is a priority and must be stopped at all costs. Half of them, however, are not willing to pay more for this fight.
“In a time of inflation, we see that more and more attention is being paid to the cost of l energy and for people to start thinking about the energy they use, where it is produced and how it will be exported and support the Canadian economy,” said Jack.
The Ipsos survey was conducted online with 3,001 Canadians over the age of 18 from September 1 to 6, 2022.