Canadians say foreign ownership should not be permitted in Canada's media sector, said a new poll released Monday by watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting. The online survey polled 2,022 adults in Canada and 77 per cent of them said they believe Canadian media companies are too important to culture and national security to allow for foreign ownership, the Friends said. The group noted in a release that Canadians' expectation that Canadian content would decrease if foreign companies acquired control of media companies grew from 48 per cent in April 2011 to 65 per cent in November 2011. Friends said people in the province of Alberta showed “both the lowest level of support for allowing foreign companies to own Canadian media enterprises and the highest level of agreement that Canadian media companies are too important to permit control by foreign companies.” More men than women, 27 per cent to 19 per cent, agreed that Canadian media companies should be open to foreign control, Friends said in the release. Vision Critical conducted the survey on Angus Reid's online national panel from Nov. 4 to 10. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.18 per cent, 19 times out of 20.