Canada is the favoured oil and natural gas supplier in many countries across the globe, according to a new poll.

The survey, conducted by Ipsos for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, polled over 22,000 people in 32 competitor, or potential competitor, energy-producing countries, Canada’s business news agency BNN has reported.

Twenty-four percent of respondents said they want to receive more Canadian oil and natural gas – putting Canada at the top of the list, closely followed by Saudi Arabia. However, over half surveyed said they didn’t know enough about the Canadian industry to make an informed decision.

“Accessing international markets is crucial to strengthen Canada’s energy future and compete globally,” said Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Vice President of Communications Jeff Gaulin, in a release last week.

He added that with global energy demand expected to rise 31 percent by 2040, according to International Energy Agency estimates, Canadian oil and natural gas is “poised to become a major supplier in meeting the world’s needs.”

More specifically, the survey revealed 41 per cent of Americans would prefer to get more energy from Canada.

Israel, Algeria, India, and South Africa also topped the list of countries interested in importing Canadian energy resources.

India and China – countries that are expected to become the world’s largest energy consumers in the next two decades – gave Canada’s oil and gas industry a high rating for its cutting-edge green technologies.

Analysts say the lack of pipelines to eastern Canada and to Pacific coastal waters is going be one of the biggest factors impacting Canada’s ability to deliver oil and gas to potential customers.