RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- More than half of all Brazilians approved President Dilma Rousseff, according to a poll released Friday.
The survey, conducted by pollster Ibope, shows Rousseff's approval rating climbed to 54 percent in September, up from 45 percent in July, a notable comeback for a leader whose administration was rocked by massive anti-government protests during the summer.
The number of those who disapprove of Rousseff's handling of national affairs fell from 49 percent to 40 percent in the same period.
Confidence in the president also increased, from 45 percent to 52 percent from July to September.
Rousseff's popularity took a significant hit in June, when the protests demanding better public education and healthcare swept through Brazil and dragged down her start-of-the-year record-high approval rating.
Now, figures show Rousseff's popularity is recovering, albeit slowly.
Rousseff's administration, meanwhile, received a 37-percent approval rating in September, up from 31 percent in July, but still below its record-high 63-percent approval rating at the start of the year.
The number of people who believe the administration is doing a bad or very bad job fell to 22 percent from 31 percent in July, with those who said it was doing a "regular" job at 39 percent, up from 37 percent in July. One percent of respondents were undecided.
When asked to rate government policies on education, a much greater portion of respondents were critical in comparison with an earlier poll, with only 33 percent saying they approve compared to 47 percent in July.
Approval of healthcare policies, similarly, fell from 32 to 21 percent, and of public security policies, from 47 to 33 percent.
The Ibope poll, carried out on Sept. 14-17, surveyed 2,002 eligible voters in 142 towns throughout Brazil. The margin of error is two percentage points.