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Majority of Israelis Want Plebiscite on Withdrawal; Nixon Popularity Soars

A public opinion poll published today indicated that a majority of Israelis want a plebiscite before the government decides to withdraw from any of the occupied Arab territories within the framework of a Middle East peace settlement. According to the poll conducted by the Public Opinion Research Institute, 54.4 percent of Israelis want the issue of withdrawal put to a national vote while 36.6 percent were opposed. The poll also showed that the popularity of President Richard M. Nixon with Israelis has soared to 56.4 percent from a low of 15 percent last Dec. when the Rogers Plan for a Mideast settlement was announced.