A majority of Canadians believe that the increase of oil and gas production could come without damaging the environment, according to a new poll published on Thursday.
The poll, conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, showed that 65 percent of Canadians agree that "it is possible to increase oil and gas production while protecting the environment at the same time" .
The findings were based on an online survey between April 23 and 26, 2012 and had 2,008 adult Canadians involved.
It also showed that 57 percent of those surveyed believe that the development of the oil sands is more positive than negative.
Besides, 80 percent of residents agree with the statement that 'Canadian oil refineries should make it a priority to use Canadian oil before using oil imported from other countries, even if it means transporting oil from Western Canada across the country to the refineries" , according to the poll.
A total of 75 percent of Canadians also think it is important to diversify the export markets for Canadian oil and gas away from the United States, according to the poll.