Approval of Brazil's Lula's government slightly up in June, poll shows

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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The approval rating of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's government was at 36% in June, slightly up from 35% in March, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

The disapproval rate of the leftist president, who is in the second year of his third non-consecutive term, was at 31%, according to the survey by pollster Datafolha, down from 33% in March.

People who viewed his government as regular reached 31%, from 30%, Datafolha poll showed.

The poll's margin of error was plus or minus 2 percentage points. It interviewed more than 2,000 people able to vote in 113 Brazilian cities from June 4-13.

According to Datafolha, 40% of the people polled had positive expectations on Brazil's economy in June, up from 39% three months ago, while pessimistic views were at 28%, from 27%.

The slight improvements come even as the Brazilian real shows a more than 8% slump since the end of March, pressured by local fiscal uncertainties and a strong U.S. dollar.

(Reporting by Andre Romani and Luana Maria Benedito; Editing by Sandra Maler and Alistair Bell)