Brazil gov’t recovers some of its lost popularity

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s Datafolha polling institute says President Dilma Rousseff’s government has recovered some of the popularity it lost in the wake of massive protests that swept the country in June.

Datafolha says 36 percent of respondents rated Rousseff’s government as “great/good” against the 30 percent who gave it that rating in its previous poll conducted in late June. The government’s approval rating had been 57 percent earlier in June.

The poll was published Saturday by the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper.

The protests began June 17 targeting transportation fare hikes, corruption, high taxes, poor public services and billions of dollars spent for next year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Datafolha surveyed 2,615 people between Aug 7 and 9. Its poll has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

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