Rousseff government's standing up 6 points in Brazil

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff's government rose six points in popularity to 43 percent, according to a poll released Friday, with a presidential election less than a year away.

The government's standing had fallen to 31 percent following last June's nationwide street protests demanding better public services and an end to corruption.

But Rousseff and her government have since recovered, and she is now favored to win a new term next October.

The personal popularity of Rousseff, an ex-urban guerrilla who turns 66 Saturday, rose from 54 to 56 percent , the poll found.

The survey by the IBOPE pollster released by the National Confederation of Industry attributed the recovery to the government's "More Doctors" program.

Under that initiative, thousands of Brazilian and foreign doctors are being recruited to serve the underserved population of 1,098 towns and 19 indigenous districts, mainly in the country's north and northeast.