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Poll: Israelis optimistic for new year

A poll shows that Israelis are optimistic for the new year.

Seventy-four percent of Israelis expect the new year to be better for them, the Ynetnews survey found, compared to 7 percent who believe it will be worse and 12 percent who think it will be the same. Keevoon Research and Strategy, a leading survey research company in Israel, conducted the poll.

Israelis were optimistic as well about the Jewish state, with 56 percent saying the coming year will be better for Israel. Some 20 percent expect it to be worse and 16 percent expect it to be the same.

In other results, 90 percent of students and 85 percent of soldiers expect the year to be better for them, and residents of the Tel Aviv and the South, at 78 percent, are much more optimistic than residents of Jerusalem, 66 percent.

The poll was conducted by a telephone survey of 500 Jewish Israelis on Sept. 18-19. It has a margin of error of 4.5 percent.

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