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Popularity of Brazil gov't continues to increase: poll

BRASILIA -- The popularity of Brazil's government rose in September, apparently unaffected by an ongoing bribery trial, a poll said Wednesday.

Sixty-two percent of those surveyed by the Ibope institute said it was doing a “good” or “very good” job, an increase from 59 percent in June.

The government got highest marks for its fight against poverty and unemployment and its lowest for its handling of health and education issues.

A mere sixteen percent of those polled spontaneously mentioned the bribery trial over alleged vote-buying in Congress under former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Rousseff's predecessor and political mentor.

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