Energy doesn't divide Canadians as sharply as we think, poll says

By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, December 10, 2019

Canadians’ views on energy and climate changes aren’t as polarized as we may think, says a new poll, leaving hope that while our opinions are “fragmented,” we have room to work things out.

Take the hot-button topic of building pipelines, says political scientist Monica Gattinger. Her research group’s new survey found that while opinions are split, there aren’t huge numbers of “views that are hardened at either end of the spectrum.”

Instead she says there are “differences of opinion that might be a little more evenly distributed.

“That actually gives me some hope in terms of people’s views’ being more malleable, more open to compromise.”

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