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Poll on Potential Yerida

Nine percent of Israelis were considering emigration in 1986, a 70 percent increase in less than three years, according to a review in Haaretz Tuesday of a series of polls taken by the Pori organization.

In 1983, 5.3 percent of those questioned by the pollsters said they were contemplating emigration. In 1984 the number grew to 6.1 percent and was 7.7 percent in August 1985. In December 1986, nine percent said they would “probably” or “certainly” emigrate, the report said.

It also found the number of Israelis who justify emigration to have increased significantly. In 1984 it was 14.6 percent. In March 1985 the number was 17.1 percent and by August of that year it was up to 20.3 percent.

In 1986, 57 percent of the respondents said they agreed or tended to agree with the statement that emigrants do not betray their homeland.